27 Sep '16, 6pm

$20,000 Tiny House Is Upending The Construction, Banking Industries

He and his colleagues, plus the students involved over the years, have spent more than a hundred thousand hours tweaking each detail of the 20K Tiny House design to optimize both their function and price. The group has run into problems, however, with zoning officials, building inspectors, and lenders. “The houses are designed to appear to be sort of normative, but they’re really high performance little machines in every way,” says Smith. “They’re built more like airplanes than houses, which allows us to have them far exceed structural requirements. We’re using material much more efficiently but the problem is your local code official doesn’t understand that. They look at the documents and the house is immediately denied a permit simply because the code officials didn’t understand it.”

Full article: http://greenbuildingelements.com/2016/09/27/20000-tiny-ho...

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