Tiny House Research

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 contact@bctinyhousecollective.com.

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.

FINAL PAPER: TINY HOUSES: A NEW TYPOLOGY FOR VANCOUVER AND BEYOND

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.

FINAL PAPER: GREYWATER REUSE ANALYSIS AND TINY HOUSES

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.

FINAL PAPER: TINY HOUSES AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO SUSTAINABILITY AND AFFORDABILITY ISSUES

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.

FINAL REPORT: SUSTAINABLE TINY HOMES

FINAL REPORT: WORK TO PREPARE A TINY HOUSE FOR FULL-TIME USE