The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Micro House 2015
Mother-in-law, granny flat, or any unit that is on a property with a single-family home is called an “accessory dwelling unit” per city ordinance. Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) have become an important component of the housing stock in many communities. By providing housing on existing lots in developed neighborhoods, ADUs provide more housing units, and options for housing, where the roads and utilities already exist. In addition, when ADUS are located near employment and retail centers and transit corridors, they help increase the use of circulation alternatives (such as walking, cycling, mass transit) that lead to a reduction in air pollution, traffic congestion and energy (fuel) use. ADUS typically are smaller units that become options for housing for seniors, young professionals and others in the workforce who want to live in residential neighborhoods but don’t need large homes.

This research project focuses on the best practice ordinance, codes, theory and prefab and energy efficient technology of ADUs that have become prolific in residential architecture in recent years. Local municipalities and manufacturers will partner with this seminar in meeting and offering critique. This background literature search will serve in the design of ADU units for specific sites in Salt Lake City. One unit will be built in partnership with Advanced Modular Manufacturing for a micro-house exhibit Spring 2015.

Project Investigator: Ryan E. Smith, Director ITAC
Co-PI: Ben Hagenhofer-Daniell, Research Professor
Researchers: Gentry Griffin, Tommy Hancock, Nathan Blair, Bryce Harrison
Consultant: Jeff White

Industry Partners:
Advanced Modular Manufacturing (AMM)

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