Living large in a tiny house: Next Green Building lecture explores ‘Tiny House Movement’

The city of Scottsdale’s next Green Building Lecture Series takes a look at the growing “Tiny House Movement,” where people are downsizing the spaces they live in.

The lecture takes place 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale.

While the typical American home is 2,600 square feet, the small or tiny house is around 100 to 400 square feet. Tiny Houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms but they focus on efficient and simplified living.

People are joining the movement for many reasons, but the most popular reasons are environmental, financial, and the desire to have more time and freedom.

Hear from local tiny-house advocates and the choices they’ve made in pursuing tiny house living.

Guest speakers will be:

Taylor Vos

Taylor Vos

* Taylor Vos, designer. Taylor Vos grew up in Scottsdale, attending Mighty Mud Mania and the Prada Del Sol every year. After high school he attended a liberal arts college in Grand Rapids, Mich. and studied urban sociology.

After graduating in 2008, Taylor took a job offer doing design work in Grand Rapids. He loved the city and ended up staying for six years.

Once the economy bounced back, Taylor and his wife hit the road for six months in a conversion van where they learned a lot about living in a small space together. They moved back to Scottsdale in the summer of 2014 to pursue their dreams in urban planning and development.

They currently live in downtown Scottsdale and are excited about the city’s urban future.

Jared Stolzfus

Jared Stolzfus

* Jared Stoltzfus is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Sustainability at ASU. His research focuses on diverting organic waste from landfills to farms, but interests include everything under the sustainability umbrella from solar panels to tiny houses that was part of his class design/build project last year.

He enjoys providing sustainability education, whether in classrooms or in the field, and hopes to eventually build several more tiny houses to operate as a Bed and Breakfast.

Jared will have his tiny house in the parking lot for a tour following his talk.

The lecture is one in a series on green building topics. Other programs include:

• April 2 – “Using Smart Technologies to Manage Energy and Water Use.”

• May 7 – “Cool Roofs in the Urban Desert.”

• June 4 – “Innovative Green-Built Projects.”

The lectures are free and open to the public; no reservations are needed.

For information, contact Anthony Floyd, Green Building program manager, City of Scottsdale, at afloyd@ScottsdaleAZ.gov or call 480-312-4202.

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