Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2021.


Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering

First Advisor

Tonya Nilsson

Second Advisor

Edwin Maurer


This project aimed to capitalize on a future trend in housing that allows for new sustainable housing solutions. Due to advancements in the virtual workplace catalyzed by COVID-19, virtual work and virtual work platforms have been normalized, allowing people who live in cities greater flexibility in where they choose to live. Many companies, including Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, have implied that they will likely keep remote work as an option indefinitely, allowing for increased flexibility in workers’ living situations. This change allows for employees to venture outside of the city to suburbs or even rural areas. The goal of this project was to assess one possible sustainable living option given this likely trend: a suburban tiny home community. The scope of this project included the design of a model tiny home structure, the design of water resource systems to meet in-home community water demands, the municipal design of the development, and a construction cost estimation of a single tiny home. It did not deeply explore further details such as the electricity or agriculture, which may be expanded upon in future iterations of this project.