Frequently Asked Questions
Shipping containers come in lengths of 10, 20, 40 & 53 feet. They are 8 feet wide and 8 feet tall. A high cube container has a height of 9.6 feet
Shipping containers are self-supporting and typically do not need any special foundation.We recommend that you check with your local building department authorities for their requirements.
Shipping containers or any steel construction are structurally stronger than wood frame construction because they are mold proof, fire proof and termite proof. The can withstand hurricane force winds, can be converted off site and assembled on site to save time and money and afford unequaled flexibility.
Very easy because in the United States the importations of goods is nearly 65% higher than the exportation. Therefore, 25,000 shipping containers arrive to the U.S. every single day.
There are several other beneficial reasons for recycling shipping containers into homes rather than anything else. One of the most important of these reasons is the amount of energy its takes to repurpose them. To melt down 8,000 lb shipping container to make steel beams, for example, requires 8,000 kW-hrs of energy. The process of recycling that entire 8,000 lbs of steel into a shipping container home takes only 400 kW-hrs of energy or about 5% of the energy to melt it. We’re talking major energy savings ; less carbon footprint (more like carbon fingerprint).
Besides saving energy and money in a variety of ways, it is much kinder to the earth to recycle rather using shipping containers as landfill because steel is NOT exactly compostable material.