Gallery: Affordable Housing Made of Recycled Materials


Imagine building your home exclusively of salvaged materials. No re-mixed concretes or FSC-certified woods. Just metals and woods that have been discarded. That’s exactly the kind of home-building Dan Phillips has set out to do through his low-income housing initiative, The Phoenix Commotion. Out to prove that homes can be sound, affordable, and energy-efficient — even aesthetically interesting, Dan is on a mission to build low-cost homes with salvaged materials sourced from unusual places, ranging from flea markets to auto-salvage yards.

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  1. alex123 November 30, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    This is really cool!!!!!

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  3. W Basson March 5, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Amen to Kevin Carson’s comment above! That has exactly been my experience too. ‘Building codes’ and ‘regulatory regimes’ by and large serve to keep Big Business, well …in Big Business.

  4. Kevin Carson September 7, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I’m also surprised at his relatively mild skepticism toward building codes. There’s a wide range of writers on alternative and vernacular building technologies (like Colin Ward in Talking Houses) who regard building codes as primarily a way of locking in several-decades-old technology and protecting conventional contractors from low-overhead alternative (unconventional modular technologies more amenable to easy DIY building, etc.). Based on my own study, I consider the primary function of all “safety” codes and regulatory regimes to be imposing artificially high overhead levels on production, with initial capital outlays and levels of overhead that can only be serviced by large-batch production, and thereby effectively criminalizing low-overhead, small-batch production in the household and informal sector.

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