The Sarah House Project is an exciting affordable housing program in Salt Lake City that upcycles shipping containers into beautiful eco-friendly homes for low-income families. The nonprofit is headed up by real estate agent Jeffrey White, who wants to bring green living to the affordable housing market. Each home is made up of two recycled shipping containers and costs less than $120,000, including the land it sits on. Ultimately, white hopes to build entire communities of affordable shipping container houses to provide housing for underserved populations.
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.
Via Jetson Green