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This design solution for a highly sustainable housing solution involves one of Group 41's longtime passions: to design using upcycled Shipping Containers. The project was an International Competition award-winning entry for the "Lifecycle Building Challenge" sponsored by the EPA and Stop Waste.org. The re-use of old shipping containers is an extremely "Green" and environmentally responsible alternative to allowing them to rust in piles on vacant lots. Upcycling the otherwise abandoned resource provides abundant, cheap square footage for housing, at roughly $6 per square foot, delivered to a project site. The containers can be expressed in their raw industrial, more modern state, or "dressed up" in a variety of ways so as not even to look like their original form. In wide use throughout other parts of the world, the US trails virtually every other nation in their re-use.
International Competition Award Winner