So what is this incredible box that faces wind, rain, salt, typhoons, extreme weight, dropping and bumping for years?
The common ISO Shipping container is 20' or 40' long; 8' wide; and 8'6" tall. The taller version is the same dimensions but 1 foot taller. 20x8x9'6" or 40x8x9'6" -
- A special stronger steel named Corten steel that won't rust or corrode
- The Corten steel is used inside and out and is also stronger than normal steel
- A 1.24" plywood floor made of hardwood designed to withstand tons of internal weight
Where would you rather be in a storm, hurricane or earthquake? I think in a room made of strong Corten steel....
|For many reasons, it's the strongest mobile or stationary structure in the world built to withstand typhoons, tornados, earthquakes and even up to Category 5 hurricanes (the strongest natural disaster know to man) with proper engineering. One or more of these incredible steel modules are the safest superstructure for a home, school, office, apartment, dormitory, storage unit, emergency or shelter.
Now we have a perfect box that is strong and virtually won't rust - what else can we do with it?
Almost everyone who has seen, or been inside a shipping container has thought, wow, this is perfect for storage. We feel that in the near future when you walk into a container you're going to think this would make the perfect home.
For many years the shipping container has been used for storage units beginning with the military and also construction companies. As awareness and availability have increased, the new demand is for homes and commercial buildings. The shipping container has been popular in Europe, UK, Australia, China, and the US since 2005 or even before.
In Amsterdam and the UK, the shipping container units have been popular for Student Housing (www.tempohousing.com/projects/keetwonen.html) and apartments since 2005. The U.S. is now realizing that the best use for all of our abundance of shipping containers is in the building industry.
Most people only think Cat. 5 shipping containers are used for simple home construction, emergency housing and maybe secure storage units. In reality, the use of shipping containers for the base of commercial construction may soon be as hot or even hotter than residential home construction.
In 2007 some big players were in the news for their use of shipping containers commercially. SG Block constructed a very conventional looking prefab office building the the US Army (www.containerhomes-info.com/www.army.mil). Travelodge began the first of many new Travelodge Hotels (www.containerhomes-info.com/www.travelodge.co.uk) to be built of prefab shipping containers, and even Sun Microsystems (www.sun.com) jarred the business and technology sector with it's BlackBox Datacenter that is self contained and can be shipped anywhere globally in hours.
"The world is waking up to the new container trend", says John Sanders, General Manager of the ISBU Association International. "They are no longer being used because they are cheap or plentiful, or even recyclable. They are now being used because people realize shipping containers are the strongest, most flexible construction module in the world."
The Uses for ISBU / C-BLOX Construction are Absolutely Endless...
| Storage Boxes- safe, vandal proof
||Modular Construction Blocks- |
multiple container units ( C-Blox )
| - Products
- Instant warehouse
- Construction supplies
- Farm equipment
- Security storage
- Home storage sheds
| - Housing, traditional architecture - Housing, low income|
- Campus housing
- Mountain homes
- Trendy homes
- Office buildings
- Storage units
- Multi-car garages
- Commercial U-Store type storage units
- Emergency Shelters
| PreFab Construction- pre-modified units
||Benefits of ISBU / C-Blox construction-|
| - Construction offices
- Work shops, home
- Work shops, business
- Sales offices
- Shower modules
- Restrooms & Toilets
- Business Kiosks
- Refrigerators / Freezers
- Emergency Housing
- Emergency Office
- Computer Data Centers
- Recreation Vehicles
| - Strongest building construction on the planet|
- Earthquake proof
- Fire proof
- Tornado / Hurricane proof
- Strong non-corrosion Corten steel
- Extreme security
- Recyclable - Green construction and modifications
- Saves trees
- Unibody construction
- Ideal for multiple floors and levels
- Fast construction
- Insulation: bonds easily with space-age Ceramic insulations
- Exceeds U.S. Building Codes
- Easily adapted to Prefab automation
- Easily adapted to Custom homes
- Economically covered with traditional stucco, vinyl siding, woods, or brick