I-Beam Pallet House

I-Beam Architecture and Design

The Pallet House is a design for a transitional shelter made of wooden shipping pallets. It is designed to serve as a framework that can be improved upon by households over time.

Product description Brand name and product description

The Pallet House is a design by I-Beam Architecture and Design for a transitional shelter made of wooden shipping pallets. It is designed to bridge the gap between temporary tent shelter and permanent home by being the framework onto which other locally available materials can be easily added over time for increased durability.

The product is a prototype, though construction plans and details are available online for purchase.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

North America, Latin America & the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Europe/Middle East.

The design can be used anywhere where shipping pallets are commonly used and can be obtained.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

The product has not yet been implemented in a refugee camp or post-disaster situation. Prototypes have been built in New York, Milan, and London for various exhibitions.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

The cost for the blueprints of the Pallet house is $75 USD and grants license to build one house within two years of purchase. I-Beam estimates the cost of building can range roughly from $500 – $3000 USD depending on how many tools and materials can be donated.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Other durable transitional shelters include LumadomeHex House, and Better Shelter.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 1: Aims to provide transitional shelter for individuals and families who have lost their homes.

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Households or implementing organizations.

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