Shipping container houses are the hallmarks of architectural recycling. These are Intermodal Steel Building Units, or ISBUs, that are reused as structures for any place and for any purpose. Be it a home, a studio, a port or a palace, shipping containers are inexpensive and very durable buildings for residential, commercial and even industrial use. They are extremely easy to build into a home. Storage containers will always stand superior in the face of building codes.
When properly insulated, they will make for a warm and cozy home in the winter. There are also effective ways of making them resistant to excessive heat. Since they are originally built for transporting, they can be moved pretty easily when they need to be. They can withstand practically any extreme weather, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes. Standing alone, a shipping container can handle 100 miles per hour winds. If its securely anchored, it can take winds up to 175 miles per hour. You can also be sure that it will never collapse during an earthquake. By far, they make the safest storm shelters. Shipping containers are made of 100 percent Corten Steel, and there are a range of sizes, the popular choice for shipping container houses are former sea containers that come in two standard sizes:
- 20 feet long, 8 feet wide and 8 feet tall, roughly 160 square feet.
- 40 feet long, 8 feet wide and 8 feet tall, roughly 320 square feet.
These can be suited as a tiny house, some people put multiple containers together for larger homes. Other people have even built entire commercial marine ports out of shipping containers, as well as big company headquarters, student housing and homeless shelters.