The Affordable Green Tiny House Project (AGTHP) is a volunteer-based, educational, social entrepreneurial, pilot project that is an exercise in building environmentally sustainable, small living spaces that are beautiful and affordable at the same time. The intentions of this project are to demonstrate a way to pare down, simplify, and minimize negative impact on the environment while simultaneously increasing resilience, adaptability, and quality of life at an affordable cost.
The Affordable Green Tiny House is a prototype of a small space focusing on quality, aesthetics, and sustainability. It is both highly functional, comfortable, efficient, and completely self-sufficient with ultra low environmental impact.
Most materials used in the construction are sustainably and/or locally produced or sourced from re-purposed materials. There is a focus on using re-used, non-toxic and free building materials so that the final product is one that can be reproduced by anybody that wants to build an environmental friendly house.
The whole process will be documented on the Affordable Green Tiny House web site to educate the public of affordable, sustainable building practices and to raise awareness of the planet’s evolving climate change crisis. The site will also serve as a do-it-yourself guide so that it becomes common knowledge that owning an environmentally friendly, affordable home is not only accessible to everyone, but is a choice that has the potential to drastically improve one’s quality of life and the health of the planet. Upon its completion, the tiny house will be donated to an educational institution that is aligned with the vision of sustainable living and can provide optimal exposure to the tiny house. The prototype will remain on exhibit for thousands of people to learn from and be inspired by annually. As of November 2012, the project’s team is currently interviewing potential candidates for the donation.
- Almost zero environmental impact: Living more sustainably and creating less of a negative impact on the environment will help the planet’s atmosphere heal. The team is presently gathering statistics to measure the positive environmental impact of this tiny house and the future impact of communities of tiny houses.
- Increased ability to adapt: The tiny house prototype that the team is developing and constructing has the ability to function optimally off the grid and is mobile which makes it significantly easier and practical to relocate if necessary, lending a greater sense of security to the experience of being a home owner.
- Improvements in quality of life: Tiny House living is a radical act of voluntarily simplifying a person's life. It means having less expenses such as mortgage payments, maintenance costs and utilities. Subsequently, it means the person will have more time for enjoying life, building important relationships with the people, and more money to direct in more creative, life sustaining ways.
The vision of this project is to awaken more people to the reality that for a sustainable planet we must live in a sustainable way. The Affordable Green Tiny House Project (AGTHP) Team is developing and building a prototype tiny house, that is the first step of a much grander vision. The team working on the Affordable Green Tiny House Project are envisioning viable solutions to some of the greatest economic, environmental and energy related challenges that humans have ever been faced with.
The future of the project:
- Developing a model for vibrant neighborhood communities of beautiful, affordable, truly environmentally sustainable small living spaces constructed of mostly re-purposed, re-claimed materials.
- Envisioning sustainable neighborhoods sprouting up all across the country, and the world.
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- ↑ Kahn, Lloyd (2004). Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter. Shelter Publications.
- ↑ Shafer, Jay (2009). The Small House Book. Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.
- ↑ Walker, Lester (1987). Tiny Tiny Houses: or How to Get Away From It All. Overlook Hardcover.
- ↑ Price, Dan (2005). Radical Simplicity. Running Press.
- ↑ Slavid (2009). Micro: Very Small Buildings. Laurence King Publishers.
- ↑ Beard, D. C. , Migene (2004). Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties: The Classic Guide to Building Wilderness. Dover Books on Architecture.
- ↑ CNN Living: Tiny Homes Hit the Big City. CNN.com. Retrieved on 2012-08-07.
- ↑ Diedricksen, Derek (2012). Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts. Lyons Press.
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