Instant Housing

Green Horizon's shipping container disaster relief houses are too good to waste on just terrible natural catastrophes. They are easy to deliver, easy to set up (just 90 minutes) and are even self-sustaining. They expand to a full 12 feet in width.

(instant housing for disaster relief)

The units come complete with a kitchenette, including microwave and oven, a fold-out bed including bedding, dried foods, and everything else needed for a family to be able to move right in that day.

There is also a solar array that powers batteries for off-grid power. But a fully charged battery comes with the unit when it arrives so power is instantly available. As many as eight units can be hooked up together to create one large space.

The units retail for $110,000 with all the bells and whistles. But should buyers want to ditch the solar panels or other self-sustaining features... the price drops quite a bit.

(Green Horizon's instant housing)

I've always been fascinated by the idea of having a self-sufficient house that you can just drop wherever you want one. I read about it in Childhood's End, a 1953 novel by Arthur C. Clarke.

Most people had two homes, in widely separated parts of the world... There was nowhere on the planet where science and technology could not provide one with a comfortable home...

See other examples of shelter housing. Read more about the Green Horizon house at Treehugger.

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