Shipping containers are becoming a big thing for green building materials. They are plentiful, easy to work with fit together easily, and come in different sizes. Many people however are still unfamiliar with this type of construction.
Shipping Container Architecture is becoming very prevalent all over the world. Instead of using natural resources to construct a building, architects are designing buildings that can be used for both houses, and businesses. Containers are most often used, after having served duty on cargo freighters and are being retired. In most cases they can be picked up for a song, compared to other building materials, and make for rapid placement and constructing them into structures.
Usually a crane or fork lift is used to place them on the building site, where they may be stacked, or placed end to end, or side by side. By using different sized containers architects can get really creative with their designs.
One of the most important things about container building is the structure is already there. In most areas they will need insulation, and of course plumbing and electrical service will need to be installed, but they take much less time to construct a building from than conventional building techniques. They can be made into underground or earth sheltered structures just as easily as can cement or block, waterproofed just as easily, and with a torch they can be joined together to create multiple rooms. They are very strong, as they are made from steel, and even when they have been retired for having rusted areas, can in most cases be repaired, or reconfigured to eliminate any suspect areas. With a cutting torch, and a few other conventional materials windows and doors can be easily added to a container.
As mentioned before, these are green materials. They are being recycled, so there are less conventional materials being used in construction, such as wood. So there is less impact on forestry, and architects are jumping onboard in droves to create classic and even unusual designs.
Shipping container architecture is progressing rapidly throughout the world. It permits inexpensive housingand businesses to be built in areas where the use of materials such as wood is not practical. And when you consider the length of time it takes to construct a building as has been done for centuries, the cost is very acceptable. Containers also lend themselves to the use of modern heating and lighting arrangements which are now using solar and wind powered utilities.
It is amazing what can be done with containers. They can be adapted to applications such as swimming pools, office buildings, garages and shops, and even factories, as well as houses.
Container houses have been around for a number of years now, but are just recently starting to become accepted as a way to construct buildings. Can you imagine how easy it would be to set up a school or a clinic in short order, in places where it would take weeks to ship enough materials to construct a conventional building.
Instead of polluting scrapyards and defeating ecological concerns, what a few years ago would have been termed scrap metal is now being used to promote the ecology. A win win situation for building trades, and the fragile eco-systems of the earth. Transporting a container is as simple as a crane or fork lift removing them from an ocean going transport ship, and moved to a location by truck, helicopter, and even by airplane. After all, containers are quite used to travel.