Container House

New Construction

  • Building Type : Isolated or semi-detached house
  • Construction Year : 2021
  • Delivery year : 2021
  • Address 1 - street : 150 rue elisa 97438 SAINTE MARIE, France
  • Climate zone : [Aw] Tropical Wet & Dry with dry winter.

  • Net Floor Area : 120 m2
  • Construction/refurbishment cost : 97 500 €
  • Cost/m2 : 812.5 €/m2
  • Primary energy need :
    (Calculation method : Other )
Energy consumption
Economical buildingBuilding
< 50A
51 à 90B
91 à 150C
151 à 230D
231 à 330E
331 à 450F
> 450G
Energy-intensive building

The choice of a container house was made for its innovative style, but also for the ecological aspect of reusing and recycling the material.

The container house is based on a story that is both surprising and original. As owners of land wishing to build our house there, we went to meet a house construction company working with metal structures (which ultimately did not appeal to us) and on the way back, we noticed a container house construction company. We therefore took the initiative to inquire and this project immediately seemed more suited to our desires. Having the choice of containers, using recycled containers and being one of the pioneers in this field of construction, these are the reasons that led us to opt for this project. Result: a comfortable house built with several containers, accompanied by a swimming pool itself made thanks to the reuse of a container.

In addition, economically it is a very reliable project and product, easily adaptable and modular .

On the practical side, the house does not retain heat like concrete and its architecture allows ventilation when the bay windows are open.

Our house is located in the heart of an eco-village project which intends to replicate this housing model to house disadvantaged people.

Building users opinion

Satisfied with our choice and our investment.

Photo credit

Stephane Robigeau



Construction Manager

    R-BOX Factory

    NASSER Idriss




    PERRON Laurent

    Subcontracting company in charge of construction

Contracting method

Lump-sum turnkey

Energy consumption


Real final energy consumption

    45,00 kWhef/

More information

Data related to primary energy consumption is not in the owner's possession and therefore cannot be provided.


    • No heating system
    • Individual electric boiler
    • No cooling system
    • Natural ventilation
    • No renewable energy systems

    Portail électrique, caméra de surveillance et chauffage piscine solaire (société Ecolobeau)

Biodiversity approach

  • 400,00 m2
  • The container house is the first stone of the Elisa eco-village, a sustainable neighborhood project located on the outskirts of the city of Sainte-Marie on Reunion Island. The district is in a rather rural environment, in the heights of the city.

    Two pillars guide the design of this eco-village: circular economy and short circuit. The goal is to create a neighborhood of container houses for disadvantaged people (the houses will be less sophisticated than the one presented in this case study). Local craftsmen will be mobilized on the site. The "village" will also include an organic farming farm, an eco-market and various shops built in huts made of bamboo threads. Finally, a solar farm should cover all the consumption of the district, thus making it an autonomous site.

    The project is ongoing, construction has started recently.

Construction and exploitation costs

  • 7 000,00
  • 1 500
  • 97 500
  • 7000 corresponds to the installation of solar elements for swimming pool heating, gate and surveillance cameras.

Reuse : same function or different function

    • Structural works

    Use of recycled containers for the structural work: structure of the house and swimming pool.

    4 containers of 12 meters for the construction of the house and 1 container of 6 meters for the swimming pool.

    These containers come from the Port of La Réunion and were used for the transport of goods. They are therefore reused.

Sustainable design

    The container for the house

    The containers used for the house (4 units) are placed on 12 concrete and iron piles of 1m20 (80cm buried and 40cm outside) connected by IPEs. A crane truck was used to transport the containers from the Port of Réunion to the site. The containers were then welded to these pilings to ensure their maintenance, even in the event of major climatic events.

    The pool container

    A smaller container is used as a swimming pool. For this, the earth was dug in the dimensions of the container which was then inserted. Concrete elements support it from below. It is then necessary to reinforce the whole, otherwise the container risks deforming and yielding under the pressure of the water.

    The day side of the house was left without a roof, in order to be able to enlarge the house in the future by adding other containers. This would also make it possible to build a terrace with a patio above.

Environmental assessment

    Water savings compared to concrete, less waste in terms of scrap metal, bag of cement and transportation of materials.

Reproductibility and Innovation

    The containers were installed and supplied, and the house was designed, by a company specializing in the reuse of containers in swimming pools. This company had just expanded their activity to the reuse of containers in houses when the owners passed by and talked about their housing project. This project is therefore one of the first customers.

    The owners then sent the plan of the land, the company made a 3D plan and then visited the land to see if it was suitable. A crane truck then delivers the containers.

    The process is therefore quite simple and replicable, provided that the terrain is suitable.

Economic assessment

  • 9 000

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