Recently there has been some discussion that the use of shipping containers as housing might be a useful alternative for housing the poor and homeless, but the criticism has been that this will crate ghettos of substandard housing, creating more problems than would be solved.
However, the first step is to get the containers converted. At the moment, there are a few problems that those performing the conversion face. First of all, the containers are only 8 feet wide which doesn’t create much room. Cutting away sides and joining 2 containers together can solve this problem. Windows and other holes for utilities have to be cut with a blow torch, requiring specialized labor. So, at the moment, the cost of converting these shipping containers would be prohibitive.
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The shipping containers are stacked, painted and customized to form the outer structure of the houses. Glass ceilings, walls and windows add light and give the structures a very bright and airy look.
Sturdy: A container turned into a swimming pool is welded with prefabricated steel which makes it extremely robust. These shipping vessel pools can even be utilised in cities that see frequent disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes.
When homes and buildings are constructed by conventional means they are required to meet some engineered design criteria so that the building will perform properly for any severe weather conditions that may occur in the geographic area that the building located. Due to the various weather conditions in North America the required design criteria changes from region to region and in some areas down to county by county. For instance, buildings constructed in the coastal portions of Florida are required to withstand winds of 120mph – 150mph while buildings in the northern portion of the country have a wind speed design criteria of 90 mph. However, buildings in the northern regions of the country must be designed to withstand 70 lbs. /sq. ft. – 100lbs. /sq. ft. of snow loads versus southern Florida which has no snow load criteria.
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