Shipping Container Home – Brazil

Building a shipping container home Brazil is a cost-efficient option to the country’s stark housing landscape. At last estimate, Brazil housing statistics indicate that the country has a deficit of 7 million units. This means that these houses are not habitable either due to poor structural conditions; lack of proper utilities; and crowding (two or more families sharing the same dwelling unit).

But applying stricter standards of what constitutes habitable conditions, Brazil is estimated to have at least a deficit of 20 million houses, a figure that could be much higher today.

This is Brazil housing landscape, a sharp contrast to what pundits expect to be a golden era (of at least five years) in Brazil real estate market. Experts predict that Brazil’s real estate scene is going to soar to new heights until 2017 because of three reasons: newly discovered oil off the coast of Rio; 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Because there will be a frenzy of construction going on for five years and because Brazilian middle class has money to burn, both demand and supply will find their equilibriums resulting to a healthy housing market (but very expensive housing units).

Apart from this trend, another one is emerging. Low-income sector is actually expected to be actively participating in the housing demand in the next few years. However, compared to their middle class counterparts, people earning less than US$600 a month can only afford the barest of housing facilities.Both these scenarios could be addressed by repurposing decommissioned shipping containers into something more than just storage spaces. Entire container cities have been built from scratch in the United States and the United Kingdom (and slowly, in Canada), so it is quite feasible to fill in Brazil’s emergent housing crisis with re-imagined sea crates as cozy living spaces.

A shipping container home Brazil becomes an attractive option when there is apparent housing shortage and expensive construction costs. For only US$1,500, shipping containers in excellent condition can be purchased; for cheaper units, shipping containers that sustained minor damages can be bought and refurbished with total expenses not exceeding construction costs of traditional housing.

The responsibility in addressing housing problems is shouldered by the federal government, the state and the local government, and they have made a lot of publicity about various housing schemes, but there is very little project accomplished on the ground. “Favelas” or slums are still a matter of concern in urban areas, and a shipping container home Brazil would be a much niftier alternative than shantytowns made of cardboards and rusty corrugated metal sheets.

Additionally, with Brazil actively participating in international trade, the supply for shipping containers and the price of delivering them onsite makes it affordable for the government to efficiently address its housing problem. Given the experience of other countries in building container cities, building a shipping container home Brazil should just be child’s play.