A bit of a monster shipping container house this construction project is rapidly coming to completion in Canada. Offering off grid living due to solar heating,solar/wind electric and homestead farming. The owners of the home are Bill and Rosanne Glennon, constructing a huge 5000sqft retirement home.
Sea-Can Home is using 30 recycled containers as well as only two stories visually above the plains making this a very low impact large home in Canada.
Large central garage surrounding by three high shipping container walls.
5 Bedroom home, complete with large sitting room. Once finished no doubt the envy of the neighbours.
Shipping container stacked on its end isn’t a statement of versatility of shipping container architecture but is actually a lift shaft for access to the multiple levels in the building.
The lower level is going to be consealed with the upper levels being insulated and stucco finished making the home blend into its surroundings to almost looking like a normally constructed home.
Insulated roof to R80 will also leave a space for a solar heating system to be adapted for the home. With such a large space available a solar array and wind turbine will also be added for the electrical needs of the property.
City Mall in Christchurch, New Zealand has come up with a quick construction project after New Zealand’s earthquakes earlier this year. This pretty much put the central area of the city off limits except for demolition work. The shipping containers have been converted into two clusters of 25 shops with 2 cafe’s hoping to get the city centre back to life and the centre of the community. Maybe a thing we are going to see more and more with the reduced costs of construction of shipping container buildings as well as the earthquake resistant designs.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti: Seen its first partnership school construction project with shipping containers as a joint venture between Digicel and USAID.
École Louis de Borno in Léogâne the town located at the epicentre when an earthquake hit will be utilizing the new school for 600 primary school students.
Part of this project involved utilizing local youth between the ages of 15 – 24 which don’t have vocational training and from a non-formal education to assist in the construction.
There is also 100 people being employed at a pre-fabrication plant to assist with the projects as the project is looking to construct 50 such schools to educate upto 30,000 children per a 2 shift schooling system.
The construction of the school unit is simple as its only 2 x 20ft containers with an additional ventilated roof structure. Simple but functional as well as a cheap hardy option.
The USAID partnership procured 100 containers for the shipping container school projects in Haiti and is part of the joint task force in Haiti’s humanitarian aid mission, in response to the earthquake.
What I like about this shipping container office is its functionality. Its not going to need a lot of maintenance and its kept everything based round what you need rather than what you want. The lining of the walls on the inside with what appears to be washable panels also makes good use of the unit as no doubt its been well insulated behind the panels.
I do wonder why companies aren’t utilizing these types of structures more especially for things like mobile sites or for using land that is currently not ready for construction but could be cleared and rented out with small office units for income while the construction project is on hold. Some of these large scale developments could be for years or even things like the U.K. where you get supermarkets buying up land in the hope of blocking its competition being able to build is another prime example of wasted land that could be using these types of buildings to help stimulate small business growth.
Another unit produced by TS Cabin & Container
One of the most important things when looking for a shipping container manufacturer is to make sure they construct to ISO standards, this is not to do with safety but more the fact it is unlikely to be moveable by freight on sea or land as the docks and hauliers will reject it due to being awkward to move or in fact not movable by cranes adapted to shipping container usage (they need the shipping container mountings in specific places). As well as this you also need to work into the fact your designs would also be more difficult for your construction project with it not being standardised sizes.
One of the best places to do a search for shipping containers is on globalspec.com an engineers search engine although the information is biast towards the American market. Either way I know many of the readers here are from the U.S. and its a good place to start as you can find new, second user as well as some lease opportunities.
The National Portable Container Association also offers a list but its mainly for leasing,renting or arranging shipping of shipping containers. Still a handy source for advice though.
When looking at the suppliers be aware of your distance from them as getting someone as close to your location is possible when looking to locate a shipping container manufacturer will save you on transportation costs that could quickly add up over long distances.
But also when checking through the manufacturers be aware also that many specialise in specific units e.g. refrigeration as well as specific dimensions. This is often geared towards they’re larger customers as well as the equipment and locations to suit they’re needs. So specify what you want as well as check they are able to accommodate the shipping container units your looking for. Sizes generally come in 20ft and 40ft but companies may offer variants depending on the order and client. They should always be waterproof,rustproof and coated with a good quality long lasting marine paint. Inspect other units they have in process to assess the quality of the welds as well as the other materials being used in the construction including reading up on the paint they use to check the manufacturers guarantee and recommended uses.
One of the best shipping container manufacturers are likely to be carrying out military contracts where specifications are much higher than standard usage. Seeking out such a company is likely to guarantee a high quality product every time. Around this blog you will also find “pre manufactured” units being sold which are from all sorts of markets from the garden office to completely off grid housing and emergency relief. All of these companies in some capacity will be able to provide a shipping container home in some form and maybe worth searching the ones in your area even if your looking to build a shipping container home yourself, as they can no doubt provide some helpful tips and advice.