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Tiny house, big goals: Student team joins in SMUD competition

students in tiny house Call it real-world education on wheels. Sacramento State’s student-built entry in the SMUD Tiny House Competition is painted a trendy “whale gray” – but the house itself is a minnow. It’s a cozy, light-filled 184 square feet of sustainable living, complete with a mini kitchen, a desk/dining space, a living “room,” a bathroom, and a sleeping loft.

The net-zero energy tiny house was designed by interior architecture student Michelle Feasby with input from the rest of the Sac State Tiny Team, and was built over the past three months by 24 students and alumni from the Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Construction Management departments.

SMUD challenged 10 California collegiate teams – including UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Fresno State, and Chico State – to design and build affordable, livable, and innovative net-zero energy homes on trailers. Student teams will conduct public tours of their tiny houses Saturday during SMUD’s free Tiny House Energy Showcase at Cosumnes River College.

Sac State’s house will be returned to campus after the competition and make its home at STORC, the Sustainable Technology Optimization Research Center, where it will be used as sustainable-living demonstration lab.
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