The 15 undergraduate students designed the rEvolve house to make a full revolution in 12 hours (about the same time it takes the sun to go across the sky).

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That way, the panels are always perpendicular to the solar rays that hit them.

 

The house was designed for two people to live in, JJ Galvin, the project leader, says. The first one will accommodate one person and one service dog.

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Inside, the 238-square-foot space looks surprisingly roomy.

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It features a kitchen with seating and a fold-down table.

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The kitchen cabinets are made of repurposed wood from Santa Clara University's basketball court floor, which was torn up for renovations.

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There's also a 35-square-foot bathroom with a shower ...

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... and a living room that doubles as a bedroom. A Murphy bed folds down from the wall.

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After speaking with some OFP veterans who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the students decided to incorporate a light color scheme, large windows, and vaulted ceiling to open up the space.

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A rooftop deck can reached by climbing a spiral staircase.

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The house has eight 330-watt solar panels,and stores electricity in 83-amp-hour batteries.

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During the winter when there's less sunlight, the house uses the batteries' stored energy. Once the batteries die (they have an eight-year warranty), they can be recycled and turned into new ones.

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"We wanted to build a completely sustainable and off-the-grid house," Taylor Mau says.

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The project's design phase lasted two years, but construction took only three and a half months, Galvin says.

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The name rEvolve came from the notion that "the tiny house movement is leading the revolution of housing," Jack Dinkelspiel, another student designer, says.

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