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We haven’t featured Northwestern’s off grid tiny house project since April 2011.

Team CASITA’s mission is to create a sustainable and efficient home using smart design, electricity and plumbing.

The little structure is being built on a trailer. It’s just 128 square feet and has plans for solar panels and rainwater collection.

The roof is already covered with solar panels and there’s a battery bank to store all of the power.

Rainwater is collected for filtration and storage through the roof and four awnings.

They have a 500 gallon water pillow they plan to use to store the water.

Here’s one of the latest pictures after part of the solar panel installation.

Northwestern University's Off Grid Tiny House on a Trailer
Photo Credit: Northwestern University

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Northwestern Tiny House Project’s mission is to build this sustainable home by making their own improvements onto Tumbleweed Tiny Houses’ efficient use of space with new ideas and innovations in the areas of materials, electricity, and plumbing.

They call themselves Team CASITA. This particular home is just 128 square feet and yes: they’re using a trailer as a foundation.

The design includes:

  • Electrical and plumbing systems
  • Solar panels with battery bank
  • Water tank placement
  • Rainwater collection system

The home is planned to be finished this school year and the students have put together an excellent eBook (report) that you can download which details everything, including materials, layout, plumbing, composting, electricity, resources, and more.

Northwestern Tiny House Project

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