OUR RESEARCH

The BC Tiny House Collective is coordinating research with local universities, educators, non-profits and innovation hubs and is gathering information from diverse sources on the role, benefits, limitations, and opportunities of tiny houses in our housing system.

Survey analysis

In progress

Analyzing data from our tiny house survey with UBC master student over the summer of 2017.

Tiny houses and salvaged building materials

In progress

Industrial designer Callahan Tufts is exploring our waste systems through a four-part design series, the last piece being a 26-foot mobile tiny house. He salvaged new building materials and lumber from construction sites and is giving them repurpose. On May 20, he will build the tiny house at Science World. For more info on the event, click here.

Tiny houses and health

Ongoing

Bachelor of science nursing students at Vancouver Community College are studying the impact of housing on health outcomes. Research areas include size, mobility, ownership, ecological sustainability and social inclusion.

This ongoing partnership is supervised by Dr. Shari Laliberte.

Ethnography and tiny homes

In progress

UBC bachelor of anthropology student Caitlin Stonham is conducting an ethnographic study on the legal dimensions of Vancouver's tiny house movement and what tiny means according to available literature.

Tiny homes, an overview

In development

The BC Tiny House Collective and Light House Sustainable Building Centre are currently in talks with BC Housing to develop a research report on what is tiny. More details to come.

The feasibility of tiny houses in Metro Vancouver

Completed in March 2017

UBC civil engineering 300-level course students explored tiny houses through several feasibility studies using a construction management lens. They looked at the use of deconstructed building materials in tiny construction, as well as off-grid/net-zero options, and tiny homes as single units and well as community developments. Research was informed by a stakeholder event held in January where students, architects, and city staff and councillors from New West, Vancouver, Langley, Township of Langley and Richmond were present.

In partnership with UBC's Centre for Community Engaged Learning.

Built form and green targets

Completed in January 2017

UBC master of engineering student Sadaf Farzanehfar conducted a built-form comparison between tiny houses and other housing stock and how they met the requirements of the City of Vancouver's Greenest City 2020 Action Plan and affordability targets.

Supervised by Dr. Thomas Froese.

Tiny houses in the Vancouver context

Completed in December 2016

UBC's School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture master student Natradee Quek studied how the tiny house model could fit in Vancouver. She explored 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.

Tiny houses and greywater systems

Completed in December 2016

UBC bachelor of engineering students Sadaf, Ben, Adam, Santiago, Lindsey and David studied best practices for the use of greywater in tiny houses from an ecosystem services perspective.

Supervised by Dr. Susan Nesbit. In partnership with CityStudio.