A family living in the Shunyi district outside of Beijing converted six containers into a 150-square-meter home for around 48,000 USD. The one-story building, made up of six rooms, a rooftop garden and a courtyard, took only two months to construct and is about as green as it gets in the capital of smog. It can be used to recycle materials, generate electricity and turn waste into fuel for cooking.
Niu Jian’s container home also has a system used to filter rain water and sewage into clean water for the bathroom and outside garden. All of the recycling systems are meant to demonstrate sustainability, although he still relies on energy that comes from the city grid. He’s not god, you know.
Niu plans on building a community of sustainable homes in the suburbs of Beijing to teach and promote more eco-friendly ways of living.
Previously on Shanghaiist: Woman who built yurt atop Beijing building could be starting a new affordable housing trend