Lori Zimmer

Utah's Sarah House Project Transforms Shipping Containers into Affordable Homes

by , 05/02/13
filed under: Architecture, Cargotecture



green design, eco design, sustainable design, shipping container home, Salt Lake City affordable housing, Sarah House Project, Jeffrey White

White’s vision was to create small communities of low-income housing, recycled from shipping containers. The shipping container homes would allow for impoverished or in-transition families to enjoy the independence of having in their own home and yard, instead of living in a dens apartment complex. The homes also teach each tenant a lesson in sustainable design, showing that living green can be affordable. He joined forces with Crossroads Urban Center to help build his ideal green home.

Each of the homes is made from two shipping containers, which are furnished with eco-friendly plywood, sustainable bamboo flooring and other green materials. Recycled clothing insulation and insulating paint keep the home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and electric radiant heat keeps utility costs down. Once more construction is underway, White hopes the cost will be reduced to $75,000 for each home.

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2 Comments

  1. Bella_DE May 3, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    It shouldn’t cost more than $30,000.00 if you get the containers free. $120,000.00 can get you a nice stick build home in Michigan. We have houses here, in poor parts of town, that are 25,000.00 to 50,000.00. Is someone making a profit on these? I thought it was a non-profit group. I know that in other states the land cost is more, but still. ??

  2. Couchsurfingcook User1 May 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    The walls don’t look like they are furred. So the wires are under the floor?

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