Shipping Container Home Plans
What happens to all those empty shipping containers once they are no longer needed? Shipping containers travel across the world carrying goods that are loaded at the starting point and emptied at the destination point. 20 foot and 40 foot containers are reusable up to a point, and then have to be disposed of. Many people have put those shipping containers to work as homes using shipping container house plans designed with the aid of CAD software specifically for designing container homes taking into account the unique building properties of cargo containers.
Statistics on the lifespan of shipping containers shows that cargo containers are built tough to last long. Life expectancy for a typical shipping container can range from 10 to 20 years. A long time indeed, but containers spend on average, over 50 percent of their lifespan idle or repositioned. When a container’s usefulness is over, it would appear it is simply abandoned to the mercy of the elements. Of course shipping containers can last much longer than this when used in construction and given the proper exterior finish.
In many shipyards around the world, there are piles of shipping containers rusting their way to eternity. An eyesore that just keeps growing bigger and getting worse with the passing of time! Take China for example, the country is so heavily into manufacturing and exporting goods, that the Chinese are shipping enormous numbers of cargo containers to the U.S. on a daily basis.
Shipping Container House Plans
One eco-friendly solution to the glut of shipping containers that abound is using them for shipping container homes! Quite a jaw dropping answer indeed – but one has to admit that it’s a very simple and practical solution to affordable and green housing. New Age, an Australia newspaper, ran an article fairly recently on the provision of cargo container housing for victims of the quake and tsunami disaster in Japan. A team of architects designed simple shipping container house plans and quickly converted shipping containers into housing for thousands of displaced people in Japan. There’s also some good information available on shipping container homes from the Green Building Council
Affordable Shipping Container Homes
Interest in shipping container homes first began with the world waking up to the fact that these cargo containers were piling up, literally in every sea port in the world. It’s estimated that there are over one million surplus shipping containers in the United States alone. Through the efforts of eco organizations, builders and designers, many of the surplus shipping containers are now being used to construct affordable housing, apartments, offices and more with unique shipping container architecture.
The realization of the enormity of the potential of shipping containers as homes has given impetus to the creation of shipping container house plans and the construction of increasing numbers of these prefab homes. The incredible strength of the shipping containers and the relative ease of cargo container construction, has led to one of the fastest growing building trends which seems certain not to let up anytime soon.
Consider using the Constructure Guide when drawing up your shipping house plans so you’ll be sure to take into consideration the unique engineering properties of cargo containers and factor in the applicable building codes.