Container Emergency Housing


Container Emergency Housing


Using a high-cube 8×40 foot shipping container, offering several floor plans for families, or individuals, including ADA units.

Nearly Ready (Prior Use Cases)


2 residents / 1 bedroom

$25,000 / resident

Long-Term/Permanent (15+ years)

70 days offsite20 days onsite

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Concept Owner / Company: indieDwell

Using a high-cube 8×40 foot shipping container, we offer several floor plans for families, or individuals, including ADA units.

  • Quoted Total Cost: $50,000
  • Planned Occupancy (1 person/bed): 2 beds
  • Estimated Cost Per Bed: $25,000
  • Quote’s Total Interior Square Footage: 320 sqft
  • Quote Includes # Units: 1 units
  • Used for Shelter Before: Yes, examples in the U.S.
  • Readiness: Nearly Ready (Prior Use Cases)
  • In Stock / Ready to Ship Today: No
  • Manufacturer Identified and Available: N/A
  • Setup Speed: 18 Days
  • Setup Difficulty: Moderate (prefab assembly)
  • % Built Onsite: <10% – Arrives Ready, Almost All Built/Assembled Off-Site
  • Portability: Semi-Mobile (detachable, minor disassembly)
  • Intended Use of Shelter: Long Term/Permanent (15+ years)


Design AdvantagesSustainable, durable, energy efficient, and healthy.
Manufacturer IdentifiedYes
Used for shelter in the U.S.?Yes
Prior use examplesHave installed 4 dozen units of this type in CO, VA, and ID. Have 100+ units of this exact type sold to the City of San Jose.
Prior use comments
Building experience commentsParent company has been a leading green builder for over 20 years.
Intended use casestemporary to permanent; quarantine; emergency; permanent supportive.
R-value (insulation)21-30
Risk Category
Roof Load (PSF)0
Indoor Clearance Height (ft)8
Professional Engineer Stamp?Yes
Conforms to ICC’s Temporary Structure and Uses CodeYes
Other Structural / Safety Comments
Sustainability / Green Building Certifications?U.S. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home; U.S. EPA Indoor Air Plus; Water Sense; ICC
Materials Used / Made of:Steel exoskeleton and steel framed. Zero VOCs.
Disassembly / Assembly Comments:Detach from utilities, cut foundation weld plates.
Ideal Mounting SurfacesOther
Anchoring ProcessMounted on a concrete foundation and secured with weld plates.



ItemCost ($)Notes
Budget Total$0
Total Per Bed$0
Total Per Unit$0
Add-on Items
Check all items that are not included in your quote (i.e. would need to be quoted by outside party)Foundation work, Electrical distribution, Basic Kitchen, Delivery Charge
List outside vendors needed to execute (including any architects and engineers)Site work, flatwork, plumbing, electrical brought to site.
Possible Delivery Method(s)Regular-sized trailer



Design (days)0
Production (days)12
Site Prep (days)3
Delivery (days)2
Total (days)18
Amount in Inventory (#)0
Production Capacity1000
Production LocationIdaho