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Durable $5000 Home Made From Recycled Paper, Cardboard

By Chris V. Thangham     Jan 22, 2009 in Environment
A Swiss company has created a low-cost durable prefabricated house from recycled paper and cardboard. A home for two can be built for less than $5,000 and last for years.
The Wall AG from Switzerland has created a unique and innovative cellulose-based material called Swisscell, which is lightweight, low-cost, insulated and high strength. It is made of recycled paper and cardboard.
The material was invented by Gerd Niemöller, a Swiss citizen. Swisscell has a honeycomb-like structure and makes it stronger and durable.
Niemöller told London Times:
From the very beginning, our goal was to create practical, environmentally sustainable, and, most importantly, cheap living quarters for the slums of the Earth.
The house is called “Universal World House” can be built for less than $5,000. It could be well-suited for developing countries. It could also be used to house the homeless and provide temporary homes during disaster periods.
The house has a 390-square-foot area (36 square meters) and weighs about 1,763 pounds (800 kilograms).
The house is supposed to be durable and last for generations. It comes complete with basic housing needs like plumbing, beds and more.
Home can be easily assembled in minutes.
Home can be easily assembled in minutes.
Inhabitat says their process is extremely cheap and machines can be easily transported to build homes at the affected areas.
For more information contact SwissCell site, it is in German language.
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