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The Tiny House in Australia

The tiny house movement continues to expand in Australia as more people are exploring smaller house options. The interest comes from a variety of factors, including a lack of decent affordable housing for those entering the housing market for the first time as well as an interest in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Australian houses are some of the largest in the world at an average of 243 square meters  or about 2,615 square feet (Australian Bureau of Statistics), and the average house emits 18 tons of greenhouse gases per household.

Tiny houses come in many different sizes. U.S. designer Jay Shafer defines a tiny house as being around 9.3 square meters or 100 square feet. In Australia, Big World Homes created the first flat-pack DIY house, described as “IKEA on steroids.” It is a one bedroom, 13.75 square meters or 148 square feet, and is on a trailer. It is made from panels that can easily be put together with a drill, a hammer and a wrench.

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Tiny houses are not for everyone, but they can be a great option for many people.


About Pamela Turner

I am an Associate Professor and Extension Housing & Environment Specialist at the University of Georgia. I have a passion for helping people improve their home environment and live greener and healthier lives. An important part of that is helping people weed through all of the information to find trustworthy sources.

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This entry was posted on November 29, 2016 by in Australia, Environment, Housing, Sustainability and tagged , , , , , , , , , , .


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