Tiny Homes, Earthships, and Living Buildings: Design Principles for Low-impact and Regenerative Homes.

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Summer 2017 quarter (First Session)

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Students will be introduced to fundamental design concepts and practices for low to no-impact homes. We will explore the theory and applications behind the systems that make Tiny Homes, Earthships, and other innovative housing options both attractive and practical. Students will gain an understanding of structural design, energy, resource, and waste systems, how they work, and the balances that must be defined and maintained to minimize both environmental impacts and operating costs. Finally, the class will explore options for a demonstration building/sustainability laboratory on campus.

Program Details

Fields of Study

environmental studies sustainability studies


Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Off-Campus Location

We may visit a couple local tiny homes or other low impact homes, depending upon the owners' availability and travel times.

Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Mon - Thursday afternoons, 1 - 5 pm

Online Learning

No Required Online Learning