A Berkeley Professor's Tiny Backyard Cottage

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.
(Images by NewAvenueHomes)

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