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RDI’s Tiny House Village Design Charrette

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018

On 6/25/2018, we held a design charrette to explore what are optimal designs for building cold-climate resilient sleeping pods with a central common building in a tiny house village?

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Why Tiny House Villages, and Why Now?

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018

The tiny house movement and tiny village model provide a new, modular option for people from a wide range of backgrounds to consider, and a new way to plan clustered development.

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Nice article on passive survivability

Posted by on Sep 6, 2018

“Resilience in the face of weather events and power outages could shape up as the cutting edge of performance building.” – Charlie Wardell

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“Ready for Anything” article in Custom Builder

Posted by on May 17, 2018

Custom Builder Magazine’s current issue has a good overview of resilience measures that can be incorporated into new custom homes. The article, “Ready for Anything,” describes how a half-dozen builders are addressing resilient design in their respective climates. Near the end of the article, my own system that allows me to draw power from our rooftop solar array during a power outage isn’t described quite right—but the basic concept is correct. If the electric grid is down and it’s sunny out, I’m able to manually disconnect from the grid, and my TL...

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Resilient Tiny House Shelters for the Homeless

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018

RDI has received initial funding to develop prototype, resilient, homeless shelters for a cold climate.

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Resilient by Design: Envisioning a More Resilient San Francisco Bay Area

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018

The Resilient By Design competition was modeled after the Rebuild By Design competition that was held in the New York City area following Superstorm Sandy.

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