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Tiny House Competition

Congratulations to everyone involved in the 2016 event. It was a huge success!

Thank you to our partner, Raley's, and all of the sponsors. And thank you to all the students and faculty who participated.

Photos and floor plans of the displayed houses are linked below.

"The Tiny House Competition – Build Small and Win Big" is a new competition in the Sacramento region, challenging collegiate teams to design and build net-zero, tiny solar houses.

The event, held Saturday, October 15 at Consumnes River College, was open to all colleges and universities in California. Participation promoted an interest in energy conservation, energy efficiency and green building and solar technologies. SMUD's Energy Education & Technology Center and Community Solar programs were proud to sponsor this event.

The Competition
This event was modeled after the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. An educator or other school administrator mentored each team. During the two years leading up to the event, students designed and built energy-efficient houses. A stipend between $3,000 - $8,000 was be provided.

Awards
During the competition, students exhibited their houses to the public, judges and the media. The categories of the competition included architectural design, livability, communication, affordability, energy efficiency and balance, appliance load, technology/electrical and mechanical systems, transportation, sustainability and documentation. Teams were awarded trophies and monetary prizes.

Contacts
Suzette Bienvenue, Energy Education & Technology Center
Suzette.Bienvenue@smud.org

Brent Sloan, Community Solar
Brent.Sloan@smud.org

College of the Sequoias
U.C. Berkeley
Cosumnes River College
Santa Clara University
San Jose City College
C.S.U. Sacramento

2016 Tiny House Winners

Main Awards

Tiny House Competition
Santa Clara University
Architecture
Laney College
Communications
Santa Clara University
Home Life
U.C. Berkeley
People's Choice Award
College of the Sequoias

Additional Awards

Advanced Controls
C.S.U. Chico
Best Appetizer
C.S.U. Fresno
Best Bathroom
C.S.U. Sacramento
Best Craftsmanship
U.C. Berkeley
Best Curb Appeal
College of the Sequoias
Best Daylighting
Santa Clara University
Best Design
Laney College
Best Flooring
C.S.U. Chico
Best Furnishings
Laney College
Best Home Technology
C.S.U. Chico
Best Integrated Lighting
Santa Clara University
Best Interior Design
Santa Clara University
Best Kitchen Design
Santa Clara University
Best Landscaping
Laney College
Best Program
Santa Clara University
Best Sleeping Area
Cosumnes River College
SMUD Excellence Award
Cosumnes River College
Sustainability
U.C. Berkeley
Best Video
Laney College
Water Conservation
U.C. Berkeley

Tiny House partner and sponsors

Thank you to all the generous supporters who help make this competition happen.

View the list

Tiny House documents