For those of you who aren’t familiar with coroplast, it is the stuff that they make all those campaign signs out of, it basically looks like corrugated cardboard, but made out of plastic. I have always like this stuff because of it’s properties. First off, it is cheap, it is really durable, you can buy it in many sizes including 4′ x8′ sheets. It is flexible but really strong, since it is made out of plastic it is water proof and cleans really easy, it’s also pretty light and the air gap gives some insulation properties.
So when I saw this sub $100 22lb house for homeless or emergency recovery shelter I was pretty excited. In 50″ stack of coroplast sheets you can build 50 houses, assemble them quickly with zip strips, it is pretty amazing. The other thing I realized is that these things can be easy to clean. In the event of disasters or homeless use these things will get pretty dirty over time, but you would be able to take a standard garden sprayer with a bleach water mix and sanitize the thing in 2-3 minutes.
Many of you who have been reading for a while have noticed my fascination with post-disaster housing and here we are again. This isn’t an actual house, but it has the potential to be one, the best part is that they can be easily stacked and deployed. Imagine in you had two trucks: the first carried the containers, the second had cots, water barrels and solar powered lights and other basics (food, small stove, first aid kit, etc. Outside of the whole housing idea, it is a pretty ingenious way to revolutionize shipping.
Many of you many not know, but I work for a non-profit where my goal is to alleviate poverty. I mention this because I often talk about how Tiny Houses can be used to solve the homeless problem. While this is a very complicated issue surrounded by very complex issues and problems, I still like to highlight interesting houses for the homeless.
Today we have Cardboargami, a collapsible shelter made from cardboard. While cardboard isn’t the greatest material, it is cheap and if done right, can hold up with a tarp. There are two versions: a two person and a larger group model.
Last week I wrote about the Katrina Cottages, which where used to help address the need for housing after Hurricane Katrina. I then found this designer who talks about how FEMA addressed housing need before these where built. We used camper trailers, according to this article:
102,000 travel trailers and mobile homes that FEMA purchased after Hurricane Katrina. The price tag for the trailers was more than $2.6 billion, according to FEMA. Despite their cost of about $15,000 each
FEMA later sold those trailers for $1-$2, yes, one to two dollars each! Anyway, this designer thought there had to be a better way and putting aside the fact that FEMA should have thought of this before, here is what he came up with.
The EXO House is a temporary structure used to house refugees and disaster victims quickly for much less than $15k. I was thinking what could we achieve with these for homeless folks?!?!