Capitol Hill company Pb Elemental Architecture is taking Haiti relief efforts out of the box with plans for multifamily temporary housing units that can easily be assembled on site. Their Shipping Container Housing project (SCH) is a development plan designed by Pb that could bring much-needed relief to distressed earthquake survivors, now over a month without housing.
The SCH design is fabricated from a 20-foot shipping container and sits on four adjustable legs. It features a 500 gallon rooftop cistern to collect rainwater, a passive cooling design to keep from overheating and small photovoltaic array, which helps cells convert solar energy to direct current electricity. People can cook and sleep in these multifamily units.
They will be assembled in the US, constructed by Method Homes in Bellingham and the Crilio Mclain Project in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Before they become dwellings, the containers will be stocked with food and medical supplies. Once in Haiti, the materials will be distributed and the SCH can be assembled and adjusted on site.
Donations can be made through their Facebook page and website (with PayPal), or you can purchase a t-shirt featuring one of two housing designs at $18 each. All profits go to the container construction and shipping costs. They are also accepting donations of materials, including used (non-toxic) containers, solar panels, cisterns, spray foam insulation, plywood, sinks and raw metal.