Are Shipping Container Homes Becoming A Global Phenomena?
Shipping Containers and container home construction has sky-rocketed to one of the biggest trends globally.
Since 2005, the cargo container home building, has appeared all over the world with many news articles and press releases. Countries such as the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand and much of Europe have evolved as front runners in this “Green” explosion of cargo container homes.
Not only are these being used as home dwellings but offices, student buildings, emergency shelters and even hotels are being converted into these recycling phenomena.
Great enthusiasm and much thinking has been put into this construction as people were starting to notice the containers stacking and piling up in ports all over in nearly every major city on the globe. The majority of these units are made and assembled in China but one of the biggest problems is the “One-Way” travel they go through. (known as “one trippers”) So, in a nutshell, the containers are piling up everywhere creating an overstock of metal waste. Not such an environmentally green way to go.
In 1956, Malcom McLeon changed the world by creating the first shipping container home. It wasn’t until the mid 1970′s that containers and the idea of converting them into dwellings started to gain much recognition.
Known for being one of the strongest steel boxes in the world, this amazing unit (known as ISO or ISBU’s) can withstand ferocious winds, typhoons, rain and even earthquakes. They are able to withstand stacking on one-another up to 10 units high. They come in 3 basic sizes: 20 foot, 40 foot and 40 foot (HQ) which is a foot taller than the regular 40 footer. Dimensions being 40ft long, 8ft wide.
I believe that in some of these horrible conditions that mother nature can throw at us, most of us would rather be inside of one of these Corten Steel Container Units. So, what can we do with these? How about making a house or an office? An escape vacation home or emergency shelter dwellings for people in need? They can be used for instant storage space or even put underground for a “safe house” if the time ever occurred to go into one where would you rather be in a storm, hurricane or earthquake?
I think in a room made of strong Corten steel….ISBU Construction Modules. Now we have a perfect box that is strong and virtually won’t rust – what else can we do with it? Almost everyone who has seen, or been inside a shipping container has thought, wow, and instant home. If not an instant home, then an instant storage building or shelter.
Having an Eco-Green technology that can be added, many builders and architects have already constructed mini towns and villages using multiple shipping containers. Remember, they can be stacked up to 10 high creating endless possibilities.
Today, the ISBU shipping container construction era has exploded and it continues to grow at an expediential rate even today. They are being used as conventional housing and office structures everywhere. This is great news so that we can remove this clutter from major ports throughout the world creating less of an “eye sore”. I hope this recycling process continues to grow way beyond our time. They are also becoming more flexible to convert as many have cut outs of doors and windows already in place.