Affordable Eco Emergency Shelter From Shipping Pallets
Originally designed as temporary housing for refugees of the Baltic War in the nineties, the affordable and robust shelter allows families to reestablish a homestead. I-Beam’s Pallet House built based that theory.
Pallets are ubiquitous and uniform in size, so they make ideal building blocks after tragedies like the recent floods in Pakistan. By covering these structures in locally-sourced finishing materials it is possible to create a quality shelter that will stand long enough for families to build permanent housing.
As supplies come in from throughout the world, the shipping pallets for those supplies can be erected to make walls, ceilings, and floors. I-Beam’s Pallet House is based on the fact that pallet buildings can be erected quickly and last for years.
Each of their experimental homes utilize about 300 pallets to create roughly 1200 square feet of living space.
The prototype buildings use a contemporary polycarbonate fill, the designer use local materials such as straw for insulation, waddle and daub (mud and branches) for an outside and the other to finish the building as well.
This pallet house has two stories and five rooms with a small courtyard, kitchen and porch. The floor is made from pallets with slates abutted to each other. A stone foundation keeps the wood off the ground. A simple 16 by 16 foot shelter can be created with 100 pallets. Quick, affordable and sturdy housing will only be more in demand in the coming years, so ideas like the Pallet House can be invaluable for destabilized communities.