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LOCAL REAL-WORLD APPLICATION•Building codes and local laws unfortunately dictate some tiny house choices. •“The International Code Council actually specifies: “Every dwelling unit shall have at least one room that shall have not less than 120 sq. ft. of net floor area” and “other habitable rooms shall have a net floor area of not less than 70 sq. ft.” (Kilman, 2016).•“…The state of California requires all homes to be more than 300 square feet” (Carlin, 2014). An example of a tiny home floor plan (Tumbleweed Models, n.d.).
GLOBAL SIGNIFICANCEComparison of home sizes around the world in square feet (Wilson, n.d.).
GLOBAL SIGNIFICANCEHousehold electricity usage around the world (Wilson, n.d.).The United States is ranked among the highest when it comes to household energy usage. Home sizes in the United States are also among the largest in globally. Home size and energy usage go hand in hand.
•“More than 85 percent of the energy used in the world is from nonrenewable supplies” (Fazeli, 2018).•Nonrenewable energy sources include fossil fuels like oil, natural gas, coal, as well as gasoline and propane (Fazeli, 2018).GLOBAL SIGNIFICANCE
GLOBAL SIGNIFICANCEHeating and electricity are the main sources of energy use in homes. “According to a study performed on the top 100 population centers in the United States, electrical energy represents 53% of the energy used within the average American household” (Carlin, 2014).The graph to the left shows how that electricity is being used within homes in the United States (Wilson, n.d.).
•There are many decisions to make when deciding to live in a tiny house. These include, but are not limited to;•Location•Building the home on a trailer or foundation•Type of building materials•Electricity sourceACTION PLAN