Students Build Tiny House for $15,000 at Black Rock Forest
Black Rock Forest Consortium was pleased to welcome juniors from Avenues: The World School and their science teachers, Steven Carpenter and Jason Hoeksema, for a day of student-led tours of the new tiny house at Black Rock Forest on Saturday, November 5, 2016.
The Integrated Science students designed and built the house in the spring of 2016 to study energy transfer in physical and electrical systems - as well as ecological systems, through a composting toilet study. With a budget of $15,000 and stringent requirements - including 100 s.f. of living space and off-grid energy sources to power light, heat, running water and appliances - the students had to extract maximum thermal performance from the house and choose which comforts of home to provide.
Tours of the tiny house are available by appointment only. For a "virtual" tour, see the photos and read the Times Herald Record's coverage of the tiny house tours; watch the Avenues video that explains the project and shows the tiny house being constructed; and take the 360 degree tour (which immediately follows the video on the Avenues blog).