Disaster Relief Housing
This is a project I worked on and I still feel it is a viable solution for disaster relief housing. It is completely self sustainable; providing enough electricity and hot water to comfortably house a family of 4 at a standard American lifestyle and still provide enough extra juice to charge a small electric vehicle. The sloped front can harvest rain water and store it (and/or grey water) in bladder tanks beneath the house.
The entire design is made to take advantage of recycled materials, cnc production, modern lifestyle, and energy efficient building practices. It is comprised of 5 sections total, three central sections on road legal trailers and two end caps on a single trailer that are either hoisted into place or simply slid off their trailer into place. The foundation is made up of Diamond Piers; small pre-cast concrete diamond shaped piers that are pinned to the earth using pipes driven through diagonally.
Each section weighs less than 5 tons, can be driven to the site by conventional 1 ton pick up trucks or if necessary airlifted via helicopter, transported via train car, or even floated to the required destination. Total set up time is approximately 4 days, given the right conditions.
It was a fun project that I am quite proud of and given the chance I would be happy to build another one….. or one hundred if the right offer came along.
Here is the assembled building showing the self sustaining PV system and the solar thermal collectors.
The two end caps (both fit on one trailer) are taken off with an all terrain fork lift, driven to the sides, and simply bolted on.
Here you can see the three center sections still on their trailers.