It might not be pretty to look at, but it’s certainly innovative. It’s a residence in Flagstaff, Arizona made from shipping containers. The owners purchased 6 containers, had them modified, and then placed on 40 concrete piers.
I visited this house in late September as part of the 3rd annual Sustainable Home & Water Conservation Tour.
The walls were furred out in steel lumber and insulated with high density foam, plus a reflective ceramic coating on the outside. It also has a passive solar design to minimize lighting usage plus 16 photovoltaic solar panels totaling 3.5 kilowatts.
Water conservation and reuse is gaining traction in new construction in Flagstaff, Arizona, especially rainwater harvesting. This home features a 4,000 gallon rainwater harvesting storage system for landscaping. I saw other homes on the tour that collect rainwater for toilet and laundry and also for drinking (using UV light to kill microbes).