The ZEM – A Tiny House Powered by Renewable Energy

With the global population increasing and land available for housing decreasing many designers are starting to look for alternatives methods of construction, or rethinking traditional concepts of space and how it’s allocated. Micro-homes are fast becoming an ideal sustainable solution to meeting the needs of our future generations.


One such designer is Jeffrey Greger, who, along with engineers and designers at San Jose State University, have produced a concept tiny house called the ZEM (Zero Emission House). The Zem is a sustainably built tiny house that attempts to deliver all the mod-cons of a modern home on a drastically reduced footprint.



ZEM has a footprint under of 100 square feet and features a green roof on one side with an array of solar panels on the other. The solar panels will be capable of providing the electrical needs of the occupants.

The roof pitch and slanted walls have been designed to take full advantage of natural daylight and solar gain, reducing the homes dependence on artificial lights and ventilation.

Via EcoChunk

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

1 Comment
  1. these are so cool. I admire the creativity and design skills that it takes to plan and build a dwelling that meets your minimal needs yet makes efficient use of minimal space/square footage. some people mock those of us who have a “green” mindset but it makes sense to minimize your footprint on the planet to leave room and resources for others. besides, if you’re retired or on a fixed income it’s a lot cheaper to heat/cool and illuminate a 200 sq. ft. house as opposed to the 3,000 sq ft tract home out in the ‘burbs. …and some of the designs are so mind blowingly futuristic!