Tiny Building Lab Featured at IBS 2020 to Help Colorado Homeless Veterans

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The tiny donated home makes its way from IBS in Las Vegas to Colorado.

A small model home that was part of the High Performance Building Zone at the 2020 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) in Las Vegas last month will now serve as part of a new housing and job training program for U.S. military veterans in Colorado.

NAHB donated the 40-foot lab on wheels to the Denver area-based nonprofit Mattersville through an arrangement with Operation Tiny Home. Mattersville is working to build a network of sustainable tiny house communities for veterans, especially those suffering from PTSD.

“Operation Tiny Home is deeply grateful to the National Association of Home Builders. Our organization recently partnered with Mattersville through our Building A Better Future for Veterans Program to support the launch of their veterans tiny housing community,” said Gabrielle Rapport, founder and executive director of Operation Tiny Home.

Mattersville volunteers picked up the home in Las Vegas and transported it back to Colorado. The lab, which had been a key fixture of the educational offerings at the nearly week-long IBS showcase, will support job training, similar to its use instructing builders on the latest construction materials and methods at IBS.

The tiny home gave IBS attendees an inside-look at how high-performance wall systems, floors, HVAC, insulation and other home components are constructed and finished, and how the products and techniques discussed on the High Performance Building Zone stage translate to a real structure.

Operation Tiny Home provides hands-on carpentry and construction skills workshops while building tiny homes for fellow veterans in need. The group’s focus is to “go beyond providing an affordable housing solution,” and provide veterans with the basic skills necessary to build their own home and to help create employment opportunities.

The free workshops, a partnership with Milwaukee Tool, are taught by the co-host of the popular A&E television show Tiny House Nation, Zach Giffin, who is also an Operation Tiny Home board member.

This summer Giffin will join Operation Tiny Home to host a three-day workshop for veterans in Colorado, providing hands-on training and teaching a basic understanding of the entire construction process. The completed tiny home will be donated to Mattersville.

To find out more about Mattersville or Operation Tiny Home, visit their websites at mattersvillevets.org and operationtinyhome.org.

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