03/27 Newly built, energy efficient tiny house up for auction

Tiny house built by six students in Hawkeye Community College’s sustainable construction and design program.

Tiny house built by six students in Hawkeye Community College’s sustainable construction and design program.

[This tiny house was part of Hawkeye Community College’s sustainable construction and design program, taught by Benjamin Strickert.]

With limited funds, the students wanted to begin using their newfound skills in sustainable design to build a fully functional house — it just had to be much smaller than normal.

“We wanted to learn the trade without building a whole house,” said Trevor Hawkins, one of the six who worked on the house.

But if you’re into the tiny house craze, you might consider what they built to be a “whole house” anyway…

The house includes five photovoltaic solar electricity generating panels on the roof — virtually all of the roof space — estimated to provide a little more than half of the energy needs of two occupants. Strickert’s class estimates the rest of the energy consumption would cost around $15.40 per month. The house utilizes electric utilities for the rest.

It’s also built nearly airtight and “super insulated,” according to Strickert.

“We design it to the point where it’s using the least energy possible, and then offset that energy with solar,” he said…

It’s the third year for Strickert’s sustainable construction and design program, and the first house they’ve built. It will go to the highest bidder.

Bids are being taken on the tiny house at Hawkeye Community College’s business office [in Waterloo, Iowa] until 2 p.m. April 15.

Read more – http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/hawkeye-builders-complete-first-tiny-house/article_a7969c15-235f-5cd7-ac2f-1385ed750d83.html

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Elaine Walker