Green Container House in Houston


Some of you may be tired of container homes, but this one, the Cordell House, is too interesting not to talk about.  Designed by Christopher Robertson and developed by Numen Development, L.P., it’s a 1,858 square-foot pad with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.  And in addition to being built with a number of green elements (described below), the developer was able to keep construction waste to a minimum with ten contractor trash bags total.


It’s hard to tell from the images, but the driveway was made with a FilterPave system of 70-80 percent post-consumer recycled glass, 20-30 percent granite, and a polymer binder in a four inch layer.  Plus, in addition to the low-maintenance landscaping and passive solar design of the home, some other green elements include:

  • Built with four used shipping containers
  • SIPs incorporated in roof and floors
  • On-demand hot water heater
  • Efficient Unico AC system
  • An energy recovery ventilation system
  • Bamboo flooring and low-VOC paints
  • Use of fiberboard products
  • Energy efficient appliances
  • Dual-flush toilets and efficient plumbing/fixtures

In addition, the most expensive elements of the home, the structural elements and mechanical core, were partially prefabricated in a shop for efficiency.  The Cordell House is a fascinating display of containers, SIPs, energy efficiency, and green materials.








All photos here are credit to Jack Thompson with more photos at Dwell.

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