Design on the Road: Multi-Family Net-Zero Fieldtrip


Architecture and housing students are working together this semester on a Multi-Family Net-Zero project to learn about the nature and feasibility of affordable zero-energy multi-family homes. Lecturer Dan Handeen (Architecture) and his students in the Multi-Family Net-Zero seminar are developing a schematic design for a net-zero family home in Cottage Grove, MN.DSC04308.JPG

Students in a Housing Development and Management Class taught by Associate Professor Marilyn Bruin (Housing) and Professor Becky Yust (Housing) are helping inform the socio-demographic aspects of the project. Throughout the course they’ll seek feedback from Habitat for Humanity – Twin Cities and the homeowners association in Cottage Grove.

  • View photos from their recent research field trip on Facebook.

The Net-Zero seminar is made possible thanks to the support of generous donors to the Gift of Shelter campaign and a mini-grant from the Institute on the Environment. For information about giving opportunities, contact Mark Hintz at 612-624-7808 or visit

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