Mobile Offices from Repurposed Shipping Containers


More than 17 million Americans live in manufactured homes. Building a housing structure out of a shipping container takes roughly two to three weeks in comparison to brick and mortar structure which takes around four to six months to make. Container structures are inherently mobile, stackable, durable, weather resistant, typically requiring no foundation, and average a 25 year lifespan. In contrast, job site trailers last five years at most, because thin wood and vinyl building materials fail regularly.

Some sites estimate that building with containers can lead to a cost savings of up to 40% as compared to traditional construction methods. Modular housing solutions can solve many of the problems facing homeowners with natural disasters that have recently happened throughout the country. Shipping containers, whether single units or multiple connected units, can withstand up to 100 MPH winds when rooted on foundation, or 175 MPH winds when anchored with pylons, making container homes extremely solid in both tornadoes and hurricanes.

Produced in one fifth the time and at half the cost of site built homes, manufactured housing assembled in a controlled, factory environment uses fewer materials and generates 35% to 40% less waste than comparable site built units. Modular housing solutions address many cost and time challenges that home owners now face.

The containers are truly eco green structures, made from 85% recycled steel and fully recyclable if demolished, and reusing them saves new building materials. Of Interest, a standard 20 foot shipping container can hold 1,150 cubic feet, while a 40 foot high cube contains 2,700 cubic feet. Just for reference, a 20 foot container can hold around 3,596 shoe boxes, and a 40 foot high cube can hold 8,443 shoe boxes.

Some modular homes can be built in the factory in as little as one to two weeks. Most shipping container homes use 40 foot units. Standard 40 feet shipping containers are eight feet wide and eight and a half feet tall, and each one gives you about 300 feet of living or office space. Situating four of these containers side by side will create a three bedroom house around 1,200 square feet.

Reusing a single 40 foot container up cycles about 3500 kg of steel and saves about 8000 kWh that would otherwise be needed to melt it down. Modular housing solutions just make sense for those needing a quick and affordable place to stay. Shipping containers can also be very affordable mobile offices or school classes.

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