The Exo Tiny Modern Emergency Shelter

The Exo looks like some sort of space station, but it’s actually a clever housing unit for emergency shelter situations.  A cargo truck can carry about 15 of these — packed in two pieces, the base and upper shell — and a team of four can move and set one up in under two minutes.  When assembled and connected, Exo has lighting, climate control, wall outlets, and four fold-down beds.

The floor plate weighs 371 pounds, while the shell weighs 406 pounds.  The floors are made of birch, and the shell has 3″ of rigid insulation and a coat of Tegris on the inside and outside.

Exo is almost completely recyclable, and it’s free of PVC and formaldehyde.  The lighting is with mercury-free LEDs and the total livable area comes to about 76 square feet.

Reaction Systems, Inc., the company behind Exo, has been demonstrating the new system in a hangar in Texas.  It seems like a no-brainer and could provide a temporary but respectable shelter replacement on a moment’s notice, assuming a relief organization has the units ready for deployment.

[+] More info on Exo in the Reaction Housing System.

Credits: Reaction Systems, Inc.


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    This project would be helpful in times of disaster.
    Victims of calamity needs shelter and this would be a perfect one

  • Justin L

    This is really really cool.  With such easy assembly, small footprint and privacy it really could be a great solution…wonder what the cost is?

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  • Elmer

    What is this structure made with? What is its toxicity? Are resins involved? Are they isocyanate resins? Any formaldehyde as a component of resins?

  • Elmer

    What is this structure made with? What is its toxicity? Are resins involved? Are they isocyanate resins? Any formaldehyde as a component of resins?

  • dianeriley1

    This is absolute genius!!! Any major City/ rural area/ anywhere who cannot see the benefit in having these as back up for the inevitable climate situations coming would be making a huge mistake,these will be needed ore and more in the near future.

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