Gallery: Prefab Sustainable Housing Made From Recycled Shipping Contain...


Shipping containers are known for their inherent strength, wide availability and relatively low cost — making them a practical and sustainable option for affordable housing. Last year, South Florida-based design, manufacturing and retail company, Envision Prefab set out to create a eco-conscious home, the “E-House,” constructed of sturdy cargo containers. They also wanted to educate homeowners about sustainability, so they recorded all the steps involved in retro-fitting shipping containers to construct the home and shared it with Jetson Green.

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  1. Maria Castro April 8, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Great project to start with. I like these design.

  2. Pete A. Feka July 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    First, let me say what a great presentaion and design concept. The only thing that would add to the over all efficiency would be the use of a spray fiberglass/foam to replace the sheetmetal framing the insulation even the Tyvek sheeting possibly even the exterior sheething.
    The foam /fiberglass spray would be of one consistency for the general surface ares of the exterior and a more dense consistency for the doorjams and window frames. Aside from addressing the energy efficiency of the dwelling over all the cost of the construction should also decrease. This would even add to the buoyance of the dwelling assisting in high water areas. Cost wise I thought it was worth mentioning. The only new aspect would be determining the time required for proper clean lev eling of the sprayed on material.

  3. koothoff August 4, 2010 at 7:05 am

    I live in South Africa and would like to purchase some to erect on my Small holding. To rent out as homes.

  4. MarcJ. May 9, 2010 at 4:04 am

    That’s just stunning. Simple and effective. I would love to recommend great e-book to anyone interested in build-your-own shipping container house. Take a look at the

  5. medel November 22, 2009 at 6:34 am

    hi an architecture student from the Philippines..ive just want to ask, how do you put the structural aspect of this container houses. thanks.pls reply at my add. maraming salamat at mabuhay!!!!

  6. mo8ius November 2, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    This is sooooo annoying! argh!

    They ruin the container by cutting holes in it, then build an entirely new structure around it, which they then have to clad and waterproof–What a waste of a container.

    They could use a lot less material if they just built the house without the container. This is honestly some of the worst greenwash I’ve seen yet.

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