Shipping container Eco Village for the Philippines – Matt’s big idea

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Its a concept I have been toying with for several years and pretty much ironed out most of the issues involved. The big question is how many other people are interested in setting up a container village?

The photo is of a development in Texas and its for photography purposes only the designs I am looking at will be different but just want to get the idea across.

The development would be a mix of foreign and locals with an interest in sustainable living and projects. Doesn’t all have to revolve round what we are doing locally as the idea is to have likeminded people in an environment that encourages green living as well as hopefully throw up some new ideas.

vertical gardeningThings like along the sides of the containers doing vertical gardening to give a food source as well as shade and maximising space.

Aquaponics, permaculture, solar and wind energy and possibly a water mill to produce localised lighting in the community are all ideas I want to bring to the table.

imageDon’t want to live amongst a group of drop out hippies? Guess what neither do I, I am looking at sustainable development because of the fact its self sufficiency offers up a lifestyle that people have forgotten or feel they can no longer afford. When you start looking at what life really costs you and how things like having a car to get a better job that is further away from home that ends up with a debt on the car as well as expensive petrol which nobody ever sits and calculates how much they would save by simply finding a lower paid job nearby. Or in my case the internet. The internet is awash with Internet “people” who simply don’t need the binds of expensive living and having a community that is based on technology as well as having several people of a similar mindset allows methods to role out across the web in different ways. It also allows people to improve their profit margins and in turn the whole project becomes more viable in another direction. In reality I am looking at building something that will not only last but will be mimicked by others. Food costs are rising yet again and although a lot of it is fake most comes down to the fact everything is moving via freight of some kind pushing demand on oil further. What about picking tomatoes from the garden how much energy does that burn? maybe a lettuce from your aquaponics setup?

The whole concept is people helping people not only in producing food because of different levels of gardening experience but also livelihoods.

But stop hold the press! Foreigners can’t own the land in the Philippines! and your right they can’t but I am looking to form up a community on land my wife will be the legal owner of but everyone has 50 year leases with a guaranteed 50 year extension on it. We sub lot a large area and this way you as the “home owner” control your piece of land there will be annual costs involved due to taxes, security and other things but I am looking to make this a long term commitment that encourages people to stay for life.

Why live in a shipping container?

Over the years I look at different ways lands are taxed and how much space we actually use. Lets face it most of the space around us we are taking up we mainly use for walking and wouldn’t it actually be better that it was outside and a nice garden area rather than a tiled large kitchen floor for example?

On top of that reducing the square footage can no doubt reduce your taxation and in many places planning permission isn’t needed for a container as its a movable structure. My question should be why aren’t more people living in shipping containers?

It offers a storm proof home and if built off the ground is also above flood levels in a lot of cases for people thinking of the extreme circumstances. At the same time if constructed correctly natural cooling and heating can cut costs or even if heated and cooled via other means the reduced space means reduced bills.

So why live a shipping container simply doesn’t only come down to financial and life choices but also the fact we have a growing population that will continue to need more food as well building shipping container homes can actually reduce the square footage people take up at the same time allow more space for growing foods or other resources that may be needed/wanted.