Tiny Homes Make Big a Difference in Communities
The housing deficit in America (and globally) is a complex issue that needs to be tackled creatively. A study by the McKinsey Global Institute tells us that 330 million urban families worldwide lack decent housing, or that the cost of housing is so great that they need to skip on basics needs like healthcare, education and food in order to keep a roof over their heads. The WRI (World Resources Institute), estimates that 1.6 billion people will lack adequate housing by the year 2025.
One solution to this dilemma is tiny homes. Emerald Village Eugene (EVE) is an affordable micro-housing community with a unique housing model structured to enable residents to get off of the streets. They provide accessible and sustainable housing options for people with very low incomes, featuring Tiny Homes that are safe, livable, and affordable within a stable community setting. Each home is on a slab foundation and includes sleep and living areas, kitchenettes, and full bathrooms.
Residents are members of a housing cooperative with an ownership share in the village, giving them a modest financial asset that can be cashed out if and when they choose to move out. One of these units is the DEN Tiny House by Campfire Collaborative. DEN is an acronym for Dignify, Empower, Nurture – a design that aims to provide a safe and independent life for people of all abilities. The compact and ergonomic design is accessible to wheelchair users, can support a single occupant with a service animal, and all the while minimizes the costs of rent and utilities by limiting the interior area to an astonishing 158 square feet (14.7 m2).
The architect for this project selected the AEP Span Design Span HP product because of the concealed clip system and ease of installation for volunteers helping with construction. This metal cladding exterior wraps continuously from roof to wall, creating a low maintenance shell that is durable and sustainable.
Design Span HP is available in a variety of colors and options for thickness, rib height/profile, and panel width and patterns. A 16” panel width was specified for this project, with intermediate striations and high profile ribs to reinforce the visual and structural continuity as the panels wrap from roof to wall plane. The designers were also able to realize their vision for a dark grey envelope without compromising the energy performance of the building by selecting “Cool Zinc Gray” from the SRI-enhanced color lines offered by AEP Span.
Design Span® hp Metal Roofing is perfect for residential, commercial, retail, civic, or multi-use building applications. Long-lasting, durable, and sustainable, Design Span hp is excellent as a roof over metal or wood decking, or as a fascia or mansard over plywood or supports. It blends seamlessly with other traditional building materials to provide the perfect design flexibility for architects, as well as home and building owners.
The Tiny Houses movement continues to grow in the United States and is geared towards solving economical issues and reducing underutilized space that contributes to high costs, and typically an unsustainable amount of environmental resources to build and operate. While Tiny Houses may not solve the global housing crisis, they play a role in providing compact, affordable housing to people in need and AEP Span is proud to contribute to projects such as this one.
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