Virtually all nations these days are afflicted by a housing deficit. Says a McKinsey Global Institute report, 330 million urban families across the globe are without sufficient housing, or are faced with housing costs so burdensome that they have no money left over for food, healthcare, and school. The World Resources Institute estimates that 1.6 billion people will be without sufficient housing by 2025.

It is also important to consider the fact that “substantial” housing is essential for economic success, physical health, and overall well-being. A good home is one with easy access to employment opportunities and community services. In the EVE (Emerald Village Eugene) project, for example, economically challenged people transition from a life on the street to a decent, cost-efficient home.

EVE is a village of Tiny Homes that are safe, sustainable and cost-efficient, houses built in a community-focused neighbourhood. The 22 houses are designed as permanent residences built on slab foundations, and include bedrooms and living areas, kitchenettes, and bathrooms. Residents hold ownership shares in the community, thus endowing them with financial assets. Teams of regional builders and designers supply in-kind services to guide the design and building of the units, devising a village that spotlights design and building methods. One unit, the DEN (Dignify, Empower, Nurture) Tiny House by Campfire Collaborative, is a design that intends to supply a secure and independent existence for individualities of all abilities. The compact, ergonomically designed floor plan is accessible to those in wheelchairs, can accommodate a solitary resident with a service animal, and simultaneously lowers the costs of rent and utilities by placing limitations on the inside area to 158 square feet (14.7 m2).

The project has a small footprint and an open design, plus a vaulted ceiling and custom built-ins that include storage space, integrated dining and laundry spaces, curbless tile showers, and wheelchair access. Doors and operable windows are placed in a way that promotes cross-ventilation, with covered porches that multiply the living space and connect the home to village common areas.

The house’s external metal cladding wraps encompass the design from roof to wall, shaping a durable, sustainable, low maintenance shell. The architect picked an AEP Span Design Span HP product due to the concealed clip system and easy installation for volunteers aiding with construction. The metal panels are available in a wide variety of colours, with options regarding material thickness, rib height and profile, as well as panel width and patterns. A 16” wide panel was selected for this build, with intermediate striations and high-profile ribs used to reinforce the visual and structured continuity as the panels wrap around from roof to wall. The designers also adopted other sustainable features, such as a dark grey envelope achieved with “Cool Zinc Gray” from the SRI-enhanced colour lines available through AEP Span.

Design Span® hp metal roofing is a performance-rated structural standing seam panel ideal for houses, businesses, stores, civic, or multi-use structural applications. Long-lasting and sustainable, Design Span hp is perfect to cover wood or metal decks, and as a fascia or mansard overseeing plywood or supports. It merges with conventional building materials to ensure optimum home design flexibility.

The Tiny Houses movement has become more popular in recent years, particularly in the United States, where homes are larger with underused space and a lack of sustainability.

Around the world, tiny homes are providing an ideal way to downsize to a more basic, efficient, ecoconscious life.

Tiny Houses provide compact, detached residential choices that are flexible and cost efficient. They represent, in essence, a better life for a better future.