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Shipping Containers As The New Green Home

Shipping containers are saving the planet. Used once and then discarded, forward thinking builders and architects are turning an environmental problem into a environmental solution, by recycling shipping containers to create homes and buildings.


Shipping container homes are the new green housing alternative taking the world by storm. With stockpiles of used shipping containers near major ports in countries such as the United States, Australia and the UK reaching epic proportions, environmental conscious architects and home builders have found a resource that can save the planet. 

Shipping containers are being used as the framework for houses, apartments, office space, cafes, student accommodation, emergency housing, hotels and even prisons. More and more home builders and construction companies are seeing the advantages of building with shipping containers. As a result we are seeing some amazing container homes and buildings being built.

Environmentalist Nick Kemp says “Shipping container homes are an affordable housing solution.  The resources and energy saved by recycling shipping containers is considerable. And with a quick build time and less demand for traditional building materials, it is a win-win situation for all involved. Using containers for construction is really a no-brainer - it just makes good sense as we become more aware of the environmental problems we face today.”

Shipping containers are tough - fire resistant, mold resistant, pest resistant, and nearly indestructible making them ideal for any environment. Re-purposing a shipping container as a home saves vast resources including time, money, renewable and non-renewable materials.  

The actual shape of containers provides advantages too. The flat roof design can be used as a “green” roof, one on which a small garden can be grown. Also, container homes are perfect for the use of solar panels and water retrieval systems

Container homes are not a makeshift temporary housing solution. Some of the current designs for these homes are astounding. You would be truly amazed by the elegant and sophisticated homes that can be created from these large metal boxes.

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