In September 2010, I mentioned the winning design in a competition involving steel SIPs from OceanSafe. The REOSE Sunshower SSIP model, designed by Tulane University professors of architecture, Judith Kinnard and Tiffany Lin, is now complete and demonstrates a home that can withstand hurricane-force winds and extreme weather while still incorporating the latest in energy- and water-saving technologies.
Located at 222 Harrison Avenue in New Orleans, Sunshower SSIP House was built with readily available, off the shelf materials that fit in a single cargo container. The idea is that a kit of the same materials could be deployed elsewhere to create a home fit for post-disaster recovery.
The Oceansafe SSIP panels are made with an EPS core and galvalume panels that snap together to withstand winds of up to 225 mph and an earthquake of up to an 8.6 magnitude.
Sunshower has about 1,050 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Part of the roof is optimized for 5 kW of solar panels, while the other funnels water into a 1,000 gallon Rainwater Pillow. The home also benefits from solar thermal, geothermal, a small wind turbine, and back-up batteries.
Woodward Design + Build and C&G Construction built the Sunshower SSIP House with sustainable design consultant The Regen Group for a total estimated construction cost of between $110,000 – $150,000 (roughly 60 vendors contributed materials to the home).