CSection.rvt_2013-Dec-15_02-10-14PM-000_3D_View_1If you are building a home or commercial building, consider using recycled shipping containers in a way that makes your project innovative, eco-friendly, economical, fun and easy.

Why should you use shipping containers for your project?

ISBU stands for Intermodal Steel Building Units. Using recycled ISBUs has made it possible to build safe homes affordably and sustainably. This is a new way to look at home design and building. A home created out of ISBUs creates a simpler more eco-friendly way of living. And the best part about it is that it’s completely customizable. When you’re living inside the box, you’re thinking outside of it.

ISBUs also make great office spaces, storage sheds, and really any other building project you can think of. Dormitories and hotels have even been made by recycling shipping containers. The variety of lengths combined with their strength and weather resistance make them perfect building blocks for any project you can dream up.

There are many benefits to using shipping containers for your building project: first and foremost is their safety. Crafted out of non-corrosive steel, these containers are made to stand the test of time as well as disastrous weather conditions. With proper maintenance, they are rust-proof as well as watertight, in addition to the fact that they are built to be hurricane, tornado, fire and earthquake resistant.

What is the Standard with ISBUs?

ISBUs are 8 feet wide and between 8.5-9.6 feet tall. They come in 20, 40 and 53 feet lengths and they can be stacked as many as 9 high without any extra reinforcement.

Using ISBUs makes your building project easier on you and your wallet:

  • Shipping containers can be found almost anywhere since they are the standard for moving products all over the world.
  • They are affordable – they cost anywhere from 1,000 dollars to 7,000 dollars and upwards apiece depending on how used they are.
  • With your initial investment, these containers already come with sub-floors, a roof and walls pre-fabricated. This greatly reduces the cost of lumber and building supplies.
  • Once you have insulated the containers, they become a blank canvas for your design and tastes.
  • With a reduced-cost building plan, banks are more likely to give you a loan.


The custom home of your dreams is within reach

architectural-rendering_aerial-viewYou can keep the modern look and feel of the containers by preserving their metal exteriors, or you can decorate the outside with any material you choose: wood, stucco, vinyl, brick, etc. When your project is finished, you have the traditional home you always wanted, but it’s crafted out of non-traditional elements that make it more economical, environmentally friendly, and safe for the people inside.

The design process becomes as fun as playing with Legos. The difficulties of design and architecture are taken out of the equation and you can spend less time worrying about how things will fit together, because the containers are already made to do just that. You also don’t have to worry about certain code technicalities because ISBUs easily meet and even exceed safety regulation. All you need to focus on is making your dream a reality with less cost.

Why should you focus on sustainability of containers?

Building with ISBUs is as simple as the concept children are being taught: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. It’s the same as taking your cans and bottles to the local recycling center. Surplus shipping containers cause the same problems that any other over-abundant waste causes- only giant. Think about the comparison of throwing a tin can in a landfill and throwing a 1,360 cubic foot can into a landfill. It’s never going to go away and it’s taking up so much space. That’s at the very base of the issue.

In addition to making use out of something that is no longer needed, you are also reducing the amount of building supplies that you will need. This prevents the loss of valuable resources. This also creates a chain of events that make them even more environmentally friendly. For instance, you are reducing transportation costs, which reduce petroleum usage. The benefit to you? A guiltless conscience and a less-strained wallet.

Building with shipping containers also opens up a whole new world of technology that leaves less of an impact on the earth’s limited resources and makes it even less expensive for you. Using “Smart” home design, you can monitor all the energy and water consumption that your home is using at any given time using a computer or a smart-phone. This way you can see where you are losing energy, what needs to change, and how you can improve your consumption habits.

Don’t forget that sustainability often means “less expensive” and why do something one way, when you can do it another way for less money?