Northern Nomad Tiny House Capstone Design Project

Northern Nomad Tiny House Capstone Design Project

(Theme 2 – Energy, Theme 3 – Design)

Organization: Carleton University

Timeline for Completion: end of September, 2017


We are a group of Carleton University engineering students designing and building a sustainable tiny house built on a trailer: The Northern Nomad.

Our goal is to push the limits of sustainable building design in Ottawa. We will be exploring ways in which new and innovative technologies can be integrated into building design. Our hope is to reduce the impact of the built environment.

This project will strive to demonstrate that an Ottawa home with a small building footprint can achieve net-zero energy. It will produce enough renewable energy on site to meet or even exceed the home’s energy needs on an annual basis. This will be achieved using photovoltaic solar panels. Additionally, this project will explore the viability of an Ottawa home achieving net-zero water use by collecting enough water on site to meet the home’s water needs. Various methods of harvesting and purifying rainwater will be explored.

The Northern Nomad project will showcase a variety of smart home technologies and will be designed to optimize energy and water efficiency. This project will be designed with the goal of achieving the Living Building Challenge Petal Certification.

Northern Nomad will be built by end of September 2017 and will be showcased to the public on the Carleton University Campus. The house is just 220 square feet, and sits on a wheeled trailer bed.


Contact Us:

Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 5B6 Canada
Telephone: 613-520-2600

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Project entered on: August 14, 2017 at 5:01 pm

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