Quick Report from the SMUD Tiny House Competition

I stopped by the one-day SMUD Tiny House Competition yesterday and was amazed at the huge crowds and long lines to view tiny home interiors.

Thinking it would be fun for my kids, I had brought them along so they could tour the tiny homes – but quickly decided to just take some quick exterior photos since my kids wouldn’t have the patience for the lines. So we got some ice cream for them, took a bunch of photos, grabbed as much info as possible, and made our way home.

It looked like a great collection of tiny houses… kudos to the schools and SMUD for making this happen!

I just wish they had made arrangements to have the houses on display for at least the entire weekend. This would have given the students’ hard work more exposure and more time to connect with the public.

Below are the 2016 SMUD Tiny House Competition Winners in each category and photos from the event. In the coming weeks I’ll report on each of the houses in detail.

Main Awards

  • Tiny House Competition: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Architecture: Laney College
  • Communications: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Home Life: U.C. Berkeley
  • Energy: U.C. Santa Clara

Additional Awards

  • Advanced Controls: C.S.U. Chico
  • Best Appetizer: C.S.U. Fresno
  • Best Bathroom: C.S.U. Sacramento
  • Best Craftsmanship: U.C. Berkeley
  • Best Curb Appeal: College of the Sequoias
  • Best Daylighting: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Best Design: Laney College
  • Best Flooring: C.S.U. Chico
  • Best Furnishings: Laney College
  • Best Home Technology: C.S.U Chico
  • Best Integrated Lighting: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Best Interior Design: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Best Kitchen Design: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Best Landscaping: Laney College
  • Best Program: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Best Sleeping Area: Cosumnes River College
  • SMUD Excellence Award: Cosumnes River College
  • Sold!: College of the Sequoias
  • Sustainability: U.C. Berkeley
  • Best Tour: U.C. Santa Clara
  • Best Video: Laney Collegee
  • Water Conservation: U.C. Berkeley

U.C. Santa Clara




Laney College


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U.C. Berkeley

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C.S.U. Chico

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C.S.U. Fresno

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C.S.U. Sacramento

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College of the Sequoias

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Cosumnes River College

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San Jose City College

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US Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College

It appeared only 9 of the 10 entries were present. I did not see the entry from US Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College – only this lonely tent.



UCSC & Cabrillo College Kick-off Ecotopia House: A Tiny House Project for SMUD’s Tiny House Competition

Ecotopia House is being built as part of a collegiate competition sponsored by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.  Tiny houses built by a dozen or so California colleges and unviersities will be displayed and judged in Sacramento in October, 2016.

Source: Ecotopia House: A Tiny House Project at UCSC & Cabrillo College

Sacramento State University will be Building a Tiny House for SMUD’s Tiny House Competition – October 2016

Sacramento State is one of 12 California universities entered in SMUD’s inaugural Tiny House Competition, to be held in October 2016 on the Sac State campus. The tiny house movement is all about living “green” in 400 square feet or less, and SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District) is capitalizing on the smart-living trend by challenging collegiate teams from throughout the state to design and build small, net-zero energy homes on wheels.“We created the Tiny House Competition to give students a chance to explore new areas of science and technology in a very hands-on way,” says Brent Sloan, manager of SMUD’s Community Solar program. “Plus, students get to be a part of a team and have a lot of fun while they learn.”The Tiny House Competition is modeled on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, which challenges collegiate teams to design and build energy-efficient homes no larger than 1,000 square feet.” – Dixie Reid

Source: Sac State News. Read more on the SMUD website.