Fresno State Tiny House Project tours and film screening

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Fresno State Tiny House Project tours and film screening

Postby rwass » Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:39 pm

Fresno State Tiny House Project tours and film screening of “Living Tiny Legally” Part 1

3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4

Students from Fresno State’s Tiny House Project and documentary filmmakers, Alexis Stephens and Christian Parsons, behind Tiny House Expedition – a documentary & community outreach project and the film “Living Tiny Legally” - Part One featuring Fresno, CA, will open their 190 and 130 square-foot eco-friendly, tiny homes for public tours from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 between the Engineering East and Engineering West buildings in Lot P21 on the Fresno State campus (Jackson Avenue, south of Barstow Avenue).

At 3 p.m., Dr. Ram Nunna, Dean of Lyles College of Engineering and Fresno City Councilmember Esmeralda Soria (featured in documentary, Living Tiny Legally) will welcome attendees.

At 3:20 p.m. and 5 p.m., a film screening of the documentary series “Living Tiny Legally” Part One featuring Fresno, CA and its recently implemented zoning ordinance will be held in the Industrial Technology building, Room 160 (near Lot P21).


At 4:30 p.m. students from Fresno State’s Tiny House Project will talk about their experience building their tiny home for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) Tiny House Competition held Oct. 10-15 at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.

At 6:10 p.m. American Tiny House Association (ATHA) California State Chapter Leader, Dan Fitzpatrick, will join documentary filmmakers, tiny house dwellers and advocates behind Tiny House Expedition and the film “Living Tiny Legally” Part one, Alexis Stephens & Christian Parsons, for a presentation and public question and answer session about their experiences.
"We are creating a documentary series on the tiny house movement at large across North America, including emerging tiny house communities,” Stephens said. “Telling the stories of diverse tiny house people and inspiring housing projects that make the movement so dynamic and impactful.”

The recent release of the film “Living Tiny Legally” Part One is an educational documentary on the legal obstacles that face tiny housing and includes a case study of Fresno’s new groundbreaking tiny house on wheels zoning ordinance. The three part documentary series provides an educational tool for both tiny house enthusiasts and municipal officials. Part One, features an in-depth look at how communities, including Fresno and Ojai, CA, and Rockledge, FL are embracing tiny houses on wheels via innovative zoning.

“Policy makers, such as Fresno City Councilmember, Esmeralda Soria, share their methods and insights to demystify the planning and zoning process in the film and advocates provide an understanding of the tiny house movement, the primary legal obstacles and the benefits tiny homes could bring,” Stephens said.

The documentary crew will sit down with those who worked on the Tiny House Project this week to get an in-depth look at their experience building a tiny home for their documentary series.

“I was delighted by Fresno State’s inviting and well-designed tiny home,” Stephens said. “We are very interested to learn how this project impacted the students’ perspective on tiny housing, what they gained from the design and build, and the future use of the house as a community education tool.”
Fresno State’s Tiny House project was completed by a team of construction management students who dedicated multiple semesters, class time and weekends to the research, design and implementation for the project. Throughout the build, they were joined by several volunteers who committed their labor and resources to complete the home, and students from Fresno State’s Media, Communications and Journalism Department helped promote the project.

Using modern building techniques and technology to maximize energy efficiency, the team incorporated a solar powered hydroponic garden for rainwater harvesting and food; smart, hand-crafted furniture; solar electricity; a smart energy monitoring system; high-efficiency heating and cooling; double glazed windows; eco-friendly lighting; gray water reuse for drip irrigation; and reclaimed redwood and pine from a barn built in the 1800s and corrugated metal siding.

Fresno State students and professors will be on hand to answer questions.

This event is free and open to the public.

Paid parking is required on campus.

Related Links:
Lyles College of Engineering: http://www.fresnostate.edu/engineering
Lyles College News: http://lylescollegenews.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lcoefresnostate
Twitter: @FresnoStateLCOE
Tiny House Expedition: http://www.tinyhouseexpedition.com/
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