The story of Sheridan Small Homes begins with a spark of inspiration stemming from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) architecture students. In 2018, RISD students participated in the Race to Zero Student Design Competition, a collegiate design challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The students were selected as finalists for their affordable, energy efficient home prototypes.

Learning of their success, the City of Providence, RI, saw an opportunity for the RISD students to help them achieve multiple city goals: provide more affordable housing, address climate change, and increase local workforce understanding of achievable, high performance construction techniques.

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