Efficient & Affordable Wood House Made From Shipping Pallets!

by , 04/02/10

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Insulation for the house depends on what is available, but could include recycled cellulose, blown spray foam, or even straw. Windows are installed on the sides, and the two ends have glass fronts with a sliding glass door. Even interior rooms are divided with pallet walls. The home is designed to have a low heating and cooling demand, and rainwater is collected from the roof to flush the toilets. To build a 60 sq meter (655 sq ft) house, 800 pallets are used at roughly a cost of €8 per pallet, so an upscale version including materials and labor, cost €80,000 (about $164/sq foot). Remember, that’s the upscale version.

Now, Schnetzer and Pils are in Johannesburg, South Africa working on the first low-cost unit as part of a social building project. They are teaching local people how to construct the home utilizing local materials, including straw, which will be used for insulation. They expect to build an 80 sq meter home for about $10,000 in 10 days, which works out to $11/ sq foot. Affordable, efficient, and easily replicated worldwide, we can’t wait to see what’s next for the Paletten Haus.

+ Paletten Haus

Via Baunetzwizzen.de

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  2. aarvee April 4, 2012 at 1:55 am

    superbs ,,its an owesome reuse ,,i love this,,,

  3. Ricanada May 15, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Warning: While this sounds good on the surface…better to look a little deeper at all the environmental and human health issues associated with wooden pallets first! These include, among others, potentially high levels of carcinogenic formaldehyde and/or wood dust, paint, impregnated bacteria, exotic insect species (or, if not, methyl bromide used for fumigation), rusty nails or staples, emissions associated with transportation, to say nothing of the likely unsustainable forestry practices used in harvesting the wood….

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  7. enfested June 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I love the houses too, but I wish we’d outlaw wood pallets already.

    They’re a blight to our communities, and a conduit for many destructive items.
    Wood pallets are responsible for the Asian Longhorned Beetle in NYC:

    And fires across our country:

    I don’t have the answer for their replacement, but man, I can’t take these wood pallets anymore.

  8. Komu May 3, 2010 at 3:03 am

    I love this.

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