In partnership with local universities, educators, non-profit organizations and innovation hubs, 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. To join our research team, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is some of the research being done:
University of British Columbia - Directed studies - completed
School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) master student Natradee will be studying how the tiny house model can fit in Vancouver, specifically, how it has worked in other places, housing attitudes and issues in the Vancouver region, and opportunities to situate tiny houses in the Vancouver context.
University of British Columbia - Environmental stewardship and engineering - completed
Bachelor of engineering students Sadaf, Ben, Adam, Santiago, Lindsey and David, supervised by Dr. Susan Nesbit, are studying best practices for the use of greywater in tiny houses from an ecosystem services perspective. This group of students is working in partnership with CityStudio, supervised by Jeanie Morton.
Vancouver Community College - Population health promotion practicum - ongoing
Nursing students Denise, Julia and Vanessa, supervised by Dr. Shari Laliberte, are studying the impact of the dimensions of housing (size, mobility, ownership, ecologically friendly, social connectedness) on health outcomes.
Into 2017, new students are taking their research and will gather personal stories from tiny homeowners and livers from a health perspective.
University of British Columbia - Research methodology - completed
Master of engineering student Sadaf, supervised by Dr. Thomas Froese, will be conducting a built-form comparison between tiny houses and other housing stock, from the perspective of meeting requirements of the City of Vancouver's Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.
University of British Columbia - Anthropology honours thesis
Bachelor of anthropology student Caitlin is conducting an ethnographic study on the legal dimensions of Vancouver’s tiny house movement.
Light House Sustainable Building Centre - Ecological sustainability and best practices
LHSBC will be partnering with us to conduct research on the ecological sustainability and best practices of tiny house construction.
Emily Carr University of Art + Design - Directed studies
Industrial design student, Callahan Tufts, is exploring our waste systems and using small dwellings, including a tiny house build, to see the barriers and opportunities in construction with reclaimed building materials.
In partnership with Naturally Crafted and the Deconstruction Hub.
University of British Columbia - Engineering and tiny house feasibility studies - completed
UBC civil engineering 300-course students explored tiny houses through several feasibility studies using a construction management lens to identify content to include in these studies and to propose plots of land to pilot tiny houses as single units and/or pocket villages. A stakeholder event was held in January with city staff and councillors from New West, Vancouver, Langley, Township of Langley and Richmond.
In partnership with the Centre for Community Engaged Learning at UBC and supervised by Shalaleh Najafy.