Off Grid Tiny House: Green Wall
Green walls provide a nature aesthetic to a tiny house as well as a mobile garden. While they may be beautiful from the front it is important to ensure the moisture barrier in the back is being maintained. This can be done by lining the back with a waterproof material. Gore-Tex was selected as the desired material to line the green wall due to its well-known abilities at being waterproof and the adhesive backs of the patches allows for easy installation. An experiment was designed to test the Gore-Tex’s waterproof capabilities and limits by placing five grams of water on a sample that is secured to a funnel allowing any water that gets through to leak down into a graduated cylinder below. This trial was ran for a variety of times (1min, 10min, 30min, 60min, 360min, and 1080min) and with two different types of water (DI water and tap water). The weight of the dry graduated cylinder and funnel was compared after the water sample was left for each duration of time. There was a negligible variation after each trial proving the Gore-Tex was waterproof and thus usable. A single green wall pocket was then lined with Gore-Tex and violas were planted and watered to test the usability and effectiveness of the design. While the felt-like fabric of the pocket was wet, the Gore-Tex remained dry meaning the experiment was a success.
Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Alfred University Honors Program.
Honors thesis, Tiny houses, Tiny house movement, Off grid homes