Tiny houses can have a tiny ecological footprint, and are an example of simple living and affordable housing. With housing costs continuing to rise in some markets, a tiny house can offer home ownership without a 30-year mortgage.
 ESW-Northwestern tiny house
At Northwestern University (Illinois, USA), a team of students from Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) designed and built a tiny house, 128 square feet in size (approx 13 square meters) and off-the-grid, as an exercise in minimal environmental footprint of an individual. It has solar energy and water collection systems. Construction was expected to be complete in late 2011.
- Spak, Kara (29 August 2011). "NU students design complex four-room tiny house". Chicago Sun-Times. http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/7084023-418/nu-students-design-complex-four-room-tiny-house.html. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
 See also
- Tiny House Blog
- Tumbleweed Tiny House Company
- Kevin's Micro Homestead Blog
- designboom: Tiny houses – small dwellings of every shape and size, stylish architectural photography applied to tiny houses.
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