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When Professor Karen Chappel asked some students in UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design to design her backyard cottage, they came up with the structure you see above: a 450-square-foot cottage that's net-zero energy and incorporates solar panels.

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The student team was already researching small homes as a means to create affordable and sustainable housing when they were approached by Professor Chappel to help her with her project. The resulting cottage in Karen's backyard turned out to be a new model for shared affordable housing, a Clinton Global Initiative grant and a new Berkeley start-up New Avenue, which helps remodel existing homes and installs LEED certified prefab cottages that are sustainably powered.

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Via The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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