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Building with Shipping Containers

Building with Shipping Containers
by Kelly Hart An idea whose time seems to have arrived is the use of stockpiled shipping containers as modular units for building homes. Because of the balance of trade in the United States, these hefty steel boxes are piling up in ports around the country and posing a storage problem. Several architects and builders are taking advantage of this surplus to recycle the containers. According to David Cross of www.sgblocks.com, "a container has 8000 lbs of steel which takes 8000 kwh of energy to melt down and make new beams etc... Our process of modifying that entire 8000 lbs of steel into a "higher and better use" only takes 400 kwh of electrical energy (or 5%). Each container measures 8 feet wide by 40 feet long by 9 feet tall. According to KPFF Consulting, a structural engineering firm in St. One idea that has occurred to me is that this system might benefit from the use of SIP's (Structural Insulated Panels) for the roofs, rather that standard truss framing.

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Blog : Living Inside the Box: Creative Eco-Friendly Design Using Shipping Containers Most of us have seen a tower of shipping containers at least once in our life. Throughout the US there are over 700,000 abandoned shipping containers. As the US moves away from being a manufacturing economy, we receive many more of these containers than we use to export goods, creating a surplus of containers that, well, don’t contain anything.

Container Conversions Container Conversions to Site Offices, Secure Stores, Sound Proof Generator Containers, Fire Proof Cabins, Plant Housing, Enclosures, Etc... Click to jump directly to a photo gallery: ISO shipping containers are such a good basic design they are perfect for converting to an almost infinite number of alternative uses, principally for extra security, mobility, housing and enclosing equipment and processes, and as a secure work environment.

Building with Shipping Containers In this section we will cover the major aspects of building with shipping containers. We will go over the steps you need to complete before you actually begin to build your house, garage etc. 1. Search for a place to buy new or used containers. Use the Internet and the local classifieds to accomplish this.

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Shipping container architecture A temporary bank branch built from shipping containers in Germany Shipping container architecture is a form of architecture using steel intermodal containers (shipping containers) as structural element, because of their inherent strength, wide availability and relatively low expense. Advantages[edit] Strength and durability Container Bay There is growing interest in the use of shipping containers as the basis for habitable structures. These "icons of globalization" are relatively inexpensive, structurally sound and in abundant supply. Although, in raw form, containers are dark windowless boxes (which might place them at odds with some of the tenets of modernist design...) they can be highly customizable modular elements of a larger structure. The projects below are sorted alphabetically (by company or designer's name). In addition to the container-based projects listed below we offer links to useful web sites and relevant books.

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Amazing Expanding House Pops Out of Single Trailer © Mehdi Hidari Badie Back in the dawn of the shipping containers as housing era, nobody thought about using empty boxes and shipping air; because of the cost of the box and shipping, people were playing with folding designs. Designer Mehdi Hidari Badie has taken the idea of the pop-up to extremes with what Yanko calls an "Amazing Modern Mobile Home." Blu Homes should hire this guy or pick this unit up for their home shows; it is sort of an extreme version of their folding homes. Really extreme; there are a lot of panels to unfold, a lot of edges that will need gaskets and seals.

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