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RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—The housing bust that brought us into the recession may very well bring us out of it, according to economists encouraged by reports that housing sales have risen for two consecutive months. And a few of those sales have been for homes made with recycled tires, shipping containers, or straw. Alternative building materials like these can save builders money, cut back on the use of unhealthy construction materials , and in some cases, cost much less than that cute little Cape Cod one cul-de-sac over. Even if you're not contemplating a housing start anytime soon, these five clever ideas make good motivation to make smaller changes for a greener household.

#1: Shipping containers. Our insatiable demand for consumer goods has indirectly created a market for alternative housing. Shipping containers land on American shores full of stuff every day, and since the U.S. has few exports, many containers just sit empty in shipyards. Shipping companies could pay 0 or more to send them back, empty, or they could sell them to you for up to $6, 000 each to use as trendy, avant-garde building materials. Architecturally, they're perfect for shelter—fireproof, waterproof, already insulated (if you buy the refrigerated kind), and sturdy enough to stack 12 on top of each other without collapsing. As an added design bonus, most shipping containers have hardwood flooring that simply needs sanding and a coat of finish to shine like new again. The cost for such a home varies widely, but Quick Build LLC, an architecture firm based in New Jersey (home to the largest shipyard on the Eastern seaboard, in Elizabeth), will build you a six-container home of roughly 2, 000 square feet for $184, 0000, excluding shipping and the cost of land.

The house above, designed by architect Peter DeMaria, was constructed from eight shipping containers. The wall was the door to an old airplane hangar.
Courtesy DeMaria Design

#2. Cob. Fairytale-like houses first seen in England and Wales are now taking root in the U.S., too. Similar to adobe, cob is made with a mixture of clay and sand, but also includes a high percentage of straw fibers, and the clay/sand/straw mixture can be applied wet with your bare hands. That mixture is what supports the entire house—dry cob is extremely strong—so you need virtually no construction know-how to create a cob structure. Some cobbers build their homes after taking weekend or weeklong workshops that teach how to build with cob in that short a period of time. The material has good thermal mass, releasing heat during the summer but retaining it during winter, and while it doesn't seem that it could stand up to rain, dry cob is just as moisture-resistant as brick. One operator of cob instructional workshops estimates that you could theoretically build a small cob cottage for $5, 000 in materials.

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