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Green Homes, Out of the Box

Shipping containers revolutionized the global economy, making trade possible on a scale never before seen. Now, these big steel boxes hold the potential to revolutionize urban living and design. In this series, reporter Monte Paulsen details how these containers are being refashioned into affordable, green buildings in Europe and Asia and examines how they could be used to solve North America's housing problems as well.


This series is the first part of the larger Green From The Ground Up series, a project of the non-profit Tyee Solutions Society made possible through the support of the Vancity/Real Estate Foundation Green Building Grant Program. Support for this project does not necessarily imply endorsement of the findings or contents of these reports. You can click here to download a copy of the entire series in PDF.

In This Series

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Green and Affordable Homes, Out of the Box

Shipping containers hold the potential to revolutionize urban housing. First of three parts.

By Monte Paulsen, 12 Apr 2010


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Is this Canada's Most Affordable Green Home?

How Victoria designer Keith Dewey transformed eight used shipping containers into an airy residence. Second of three parts.

By Monte Paulsen, 13 Apr 2010


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Homeless Housing For Less

Proposals to build free or low-cost homeless housing said to be 'stalled' by the province. Last of three parts.

By Monte Paulsen, 14 Apr 2010


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