Rural Studio’s Energy-Efficient Sustainable Home for $20K
Rural Studio at Auburn University has been working for more than 20 years on designing and building fully functional homes, donating them to local citizens and all for a total cost of $20,000. This design challenge has been instrumental in not only giving students a wealth of experience in the field, but also giving citizens highly energy efficient livable houses.
We can actually get out of the academic research realm and create a real product that can enable people to better their lives,” Andrew Freear says. “The biggest challenge is, how do you keep the price down? How do you keep a builder—if he knows it’s worth $40,000—from asking $40,000? Especially when we know you can make a decent living charging $20,000 to build one. How do you stop someone from reducing the material quality?
The goal is to use $15,000 for building materials and $5,000 for labor. Although most homes have only one bedroom and measure 600 to 800 square feet, this can be a daunting goal to achieve. Read the full article on Line//Shape//Space and see how Rural Studio is proving that an energy-efficient home can be built for $20k.
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