Gallery: Reaction Housing System: A Rapid Response Flat-Pak Emergency S...

The kit's main component is a housing unit called Exo.
The kit's main component is a housing unit called Exo.

The main component of the Reaction Housing System is its Exo housing unit. The Exo is manufactured in two, easy to assemble pieces that can be fixed as standard living, office, individual, double door, and interconnected spaces.

Each Exo sleeps four people on single beds that fold and attach to the wall when not in use. Portable power generators supply electricity to the units via magnetic connection clips. Inside are four outlets to charge cellphones, a weather radio, and AC to provide extra comfort for the homesick.

The Exo’s core components come from a prefabricated flat pak, which makes for efficient storage and transportation. Twenty units can be nested on one 53 foot semi-truck trailer or one C-130 Hercules plane (pictured) while 1,940 Exos could be moved across country on a freight train and soon provide housing for 7,760 newly homeless. Four people can move and assemble one shelter in just a few minutes. Thanks to a tool and heavy-machinery free set-up, an entire climate-controlled camp could be arranged in just a few hours.

At $5,000 per unit, the Reaction Housing System is a cost-effective emergency housing solution. Compare this Epoch Homes’ $32,000 core model or the sustainable and artistic FEMA Trailer project, which requires an investment of $65,000 for a four-person rig.

The brilliance behind the Reaction Housing System lies in the fact that distribution can be scaled and individual structures situated to meet the demand of local landscape, culture and conditions. A step above tent cities, pods of Exos could create a sense of community, even in the most dreadful of circumstances.

+Reaction Housing Systems

Via  Jetson Green


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  1. Richard Rabinowitz July 14, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Pod bungalows! Pod bungalows! Cottage cabins! Plastic wigwams!

  2. Tom Suchy April 15, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I am wondering if these incredibly fascinating EXO housing units can fit into a sea container for shipment? If so, how many? If not, maybe a little engineering could do the trick.

  3. Wayne March 24, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I like this idea. With good insulation, this would be a decent emergency shelter anywhere in the world.

    San Antonio

  4. shandley March 24, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    This is excellent! I would love to invest in this company. Do you think the design will ever incorporate some kind of window, even small slats?

  5. Leonardo Bruna March 10, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    I am interested to be representative for EXO Shelters for South America.
    Please contact to me :

    Leonardo Bruna

  6. BToye February 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    How long are users expected to be able to live in the EXO units comfortably?

  7. Nocturn April 7, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    According to the manufacturer’s website, the floorspace is 76 sq. ft. The interior height is 8’3″, and the exterior height (floorplate included) is 9′. No idea about purchasing. Seems like a pretty good idea though.

  8. tyiam May 26, 2012 at 1:15 am

    What is the floor size of one unit? How tall is the unit? Is it possible to buy one unit?

    Many thanks,

  9. Anara January 13, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Nice things. I wish people from Katutura in Namibia would live in something like that instead of their shakes, made from riffled metal sheets.

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