The large usage of shipping containers has created a big number of unused units. To make matters even worse, shipping empty containers costs even more money than making new ones. This has created a lot of used space in many areas of the world with hundreds of containers stacked everywhere.
However, the new concept of using shipping containers for construction has found a use for them. Not only are big shipyards and warehouses not stacked with unused containers, but buildings that are constructed using containers also enjoy many benefits.
They are green
Rather than melting down containers or simply throwing them away to pollute the environment, they are repurposed and used for various constructions. Reusing containers means saving tons of steel and a lot of energy that would be needed to melt them all down. Building with containers also means that no cement or bricks are used and this leads to a reduction in CO2 emissions.
They are cost-effective
Shipping back empty containers can cost a lot of money, as we mentioned earlier. At the same time, storing them costs a lot over the year. This is why it’s best for them to be used in construction. Their size and design are ideal for constructing houses, and even buildings with minimum added investments. At the same time, there are shipping container architecture firms that use them to create mobile spaces such as stores, coffee shops, or trailers.
Construction is much faster
For a whole house to be built with shipping containers it will take around 3 to 4 weeks tops. With traditional house construction, to build a house of the same dimensions it takes around 5 to 6 months. This saves a significant amount of time. At the same time, the process is much easier, and cheaper.
In the end, shipping containers are designed to withstand difficult conditions and last a long time. This means that they have a great structural stability.