Our project on tiny houses
In partnership with local universities, educators, non-profit organizations and innovation hubs, the BC Tiny House Collective is in the first phase of coordinating and conducting Go Tiny, a project on tiny houses with a research, piloting and engagement focus. Go Tiny explores the possibilities of legitimizing tiny houses as an affordable, safe, ecologically sustainable, socially inclusive and community-oriented housing stock in Metro Vancouver and across British Columbia. The objectives of this project are to:
- legalize and legitimize tiny houses as an affordable, safe and sustainable residential housing stock in the Metro Vancouver area and across British Columbia
- include tiny houses in our national, provincial and municipal housing strategies
- incorporate tiny houses in new and existing neighbourhoods within Metro Vancouver and across BC
- normalize and codify ecologically sustainable and community-centric design and construction methods (passive design, deconstruction and renewable energy sources) in tiny house builds
All three components of the project are being developed simultaneously. For a full overview of the project, please read the Go Tiny proposal. For more on each part, read below:
The BC Tiny House Collective is coordinating research and gathering information from diverse partners and sources on the role, benefits, limitations, and opportunities of tiny houses as a viable housing stock in Metro Vancouver neighbourhoods. Some topics include bylaws and building codes, zoning, tiny builds and the use of reclaimed building materials, health and living tiny and waste water management. For more on our research themes and focus, visit http://bctinyhousecollective.com/projects/research/.
The pilot project will showcase a tiny houses on wheels in the Vancouver Area (with the intention to expand), in order to inform research opportunities, measure public opinion, explore regulatory pathways for legalization, demonstrate sustainable design and building practices (such as the use of reclaimed building materials, renewable energy sources and waste management, and passive building standards) and importantly, to provide affordable housing units for Vancouver residents.
The BCTHC will engage with public education and political advocacy through events (tiny open houses, showcases), promotion/communication (videos, written material, canvassing), and training (classes and workshops related to tiny living and green building). Educational and advocacy activities will take place in conjunction with research and pilot projects; for example, our pilot project will entail educational open houses and data collection of community feedback for research purposes.