24 Feb '16, 7pm

[email protected] students designed a high-performance home that costs $20k to build:

.@AuburnU students designed a high-performance home that costs $20k to build:

It's a formidable challenge to design a home that will be affordable for people living under the poverty line, but will also appeal to prospective home buyers able to pay a higher price. This January, architecture students at Rural Studio , Auburn University’s design-build program, finished their first pilot project in Newbern, Ala. that might serve both groups—two one-bedroom houses, that each cost only $14,000 in materials. The project, 20K Home , is a result of decade-long efforts from students and professors at Rural Studio, who hope to offer affordable homes out into the public’s hands. The Rural Studio team spent countless hours tweaking details of the homes in order to reduce costs and maximize value. image via Fast Company The foundation of the 20K Home is supported by cantilevers with seesaw-like joists in order to minimize the cost of wood and concrete. This allo...

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