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FREE Keys Webcast & Discussion: The Tiny House Movement: Part of the Solution for Our Housing/Environmental Crisis

  • March 12, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • In Person ONLY at the City of Key West City Hall (1300 White Street Key West Fl 33040)


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Join the USGBC Keys Branch for a FREE in-person webcast and discussion about tiny houses on March 12, from 10am-12pm. The program will start with a one-hour webcast that provides great background on the overall tiny house movement, and then move into discussion about tiny houses in the Keys.  This program is open to the public.


The real estate collapse and subsequent economic downturn left many people rethinking what “home” means. The average price of a house in the United States is an alarming $244,000, and, at 2,300 sf, emits 18 tons of greenhouse gases annually -- increasing deforestation and fossil fuel consumption, and perpetuating our dependence on foreign oil. The prospect of being tied to a mortgage for life while paying dearly for more home than we can afford -- or perhaps even justify -- has made the “American Dream” less desirable than ever.


David A. Hansen, C.B.O., CFM, District Manager II, County of Ventura, Division of Building and Safety, Ventura, California

Andrew Morrison, Co Founder, TinyHouseBuild.com, Ashland, Oregon

The team of presenters will engage the audience in discussing the environmental advantages of tiny houses, from a proposed tiny house community in Sonoma County, to building environmentally friendly tiny houses, and understanding zoning and code variances.

Andrew will address the “real costs” of living in conventionally sized houses, the environmental benefits of tiny houses, new technologies that are making them even greener, and the direction the movement is going. He will also discuss tiny house communities and the environmental benefits of people living small in community.

David will share the challenges that the tiny house movement faces and what is being done to address zoning and code variances for auxiliary dwelling units (“ADUs”) such as tiny homes.


  • Learn what the “real costs” of living in large houses are from time, environmental, and cost perspectives
  • Understand how tiny houses are part of the solution for the current housing crisis from an environmental, financial and social perspective
  • Articulate the environmental, social, and financial benefits of living in a tiny house community
  • Recognize the current code and zoning challenges that face the tiny house movement as well as solutions to those barriers

Available Credits:

  • 1 GBCI General Credit (self reporting)
  • 1 AIA LU/HSW (USGBC FL reports if your AIA number is in your profile)
  • 1 BOMI CPD credit (self reporting)


Many thanks to USGBC Keys Branch volunteers for hosting this webcast!


Thank you to the City of Key West City Hall for being our venue host! 


Please share with your friends and network so we can have a robust discussion about tiny houses in the Keys!

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