The invention of shipping containers has standardized the mode of shipping transportation since 1956. And these modules also paved the way for the boosting of the global long distance trade in the latter part of the 20th century. However, in recent years, the functionality of these steel vessels has experienced a rather unusual turn as conex and shipping containers are now being utilized as architectural materials for building residential houses and commercial establishments, or most commonly known as “container architecture”.
But is it feasible to make use of shipping containers as homes or buildings? Read more as we are going to give you a list of the advantages of building with a conex container in today’s article.
Making use of shipping containers as a habitable structure can be a practical and eco-friendly solution since they are being repurposed into homes rather than melting it down.
The fact of the matter is, melting down a durable conex container requires 8000 kWh of energy. Now try to imagine the amount of fuel needed just to melt the container down to liquid metal. Likewise, upcycling a shipping container only takes 400 kWh, which is a significant difference compared to the traditional meltdown disposal.
Moreover, using conex containers helps you to minimize the use of cement, which is made in factories that produce a lot of CO2 and release it into the air.
Shipping containers are now considered as an ideal architectural material because they are “virtually indestructible”. These containers are initially designed to carry heavy loads and withstand harsh weather conditions at land and sea, and can be easily stacked on top of each other and therefore, making it a suitable material for building multi-story homes.
Also, the structural stability of these vessels will ensure the homeowner will be protected from any disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes. And they can be easily removed from one place to another with little effort. Thus, making it a good material for putting up structures in remote areas.
A used conex container costs around $2000 to $5000 depending on the size and the condition of the container. And the shape of the vessel is ideal to be repurposed as a home or an office since the cost is 30% cheaper compared to the building that is made from the traditional brick and mortar.
Quick And Easy Construction
Constructing a house or a building the usual way normally takes months (6 months at most). But time won’t be an issue once you use a shipping container as an architectural material since the structure can be completed in just 2 to 3 weeks. And if all of the materials have already been cut off similar to prefabricated materials, then construction can be finished within a day or 2.
Finally, a durable conex container can be cut off into pieces (as previously mentioned), assembled off site, and then delivered to your property once you are ready to use it. In fact, the container home can be built at a workshop and then delivered to your plot of land once it is finished.