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Upcycle Living Rolls Out Affordable Shipping Container Housing

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On February 19, 2010 @ 10:00 am In Architecture,Prefab Housing,Sustainable Building | 12 Comments

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Phoenix-based Upcycle Living [1] is aiming to bring affordable shipping container [2] housing to the masses with its modern cost-effective designs. Just las fall they installed a 2-bedroom house at a green street fair in Phoenix, and orders started rolling in. The designers and builders now expect that they can produce a similar modular model for less than $100,000.

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The 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom model installed at the street fair measured 1,280 square feet and was built out of four 40-foot shipping containers [3]. For the street fair the corrugated exterior was left as-is, so onlookers would be able to recognize it for what it was. Future models will be solar panel [4] ready and include a shade screen to help the homes remain cool in the hot desert sun. Inside, the home features recycled hardware floors [5], bamboo cabinets and new Energy Star [6] appliances. As the pictures show, it’s definitely roomey inside and plenty big enough for a small family.

Upcycle Living [1] claims to be able to provide housing for at least 2/3 less than traditional stick-built homes. There are already orders for private homes, but Upcycle Living hopes to work towards building affordable housing on a larger scale and they are currently working on a development to provide housing for a Native American Tribe. Since the Haiti Earthquake [7] they have also reached out to NGOs in hopes of helping provide temporary shelters [8], permanent residences, or even medical clinics [9]. It’s refreshing to see a company out there building and proving that housing costs don’t have to be exorbitant.

+ Upcycle Living [1]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Upcycle Living: http://upcycleliving.com/index.html

[2] shipping container: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/17/beautiful-shipping-container-sunset-observatory-rises-in-south-korea/

[3] shipping containers: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/22/container-city-in-mexico-is-entertainment-hot-spot/

[4] solar panel: http://inhabitat.com../solar-power/

[5] recycled hardware floors: http://inhabitat.com../recycledmaterials

[6] Energy Star: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/05/31/energy-starhome-interactive-tool/

[7] Haiti Earthquake: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/14/emergency-shelters-and-disaster-relief-for-the-people-of-haiti/

[8] temporary shelters: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/19/shipping-containers-could-provide-disaster-relief-for-haiti/

[9] medical clinics: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/10/30/shipping-container-health-clinics-for-developing-countires/

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