Realistically the limitations are only our lack of imagination in utilizing these amazing building blocks for safer, environmentally friendlier, more economical shipping container housing. They have been approved as housing structures and additions in various authorities around the world and any change takes some effort to bring about.
Many people are considering modular construction when embarking on a new home or light commercial building project. Modular construction has evolved by leaps and bounds over the past decades, gone are the days of modular construction being simply another name for trailers. Today when a modular construction project is completed most people would be hard pressed to tell the difference between a modular building and a ”stick built” building.
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There are also a multitude of benefits of the 20 foot container versus other containers. It is large enough to house a big load, but it is also still a good size to be moved easily. Because it is smaller version of the 40 foot container, it can be pulled on a chassis by a large truck or even a sturdy pick-up truck. This makes it possible for it to be used by every day people instead of just those people in the shipping business. There is even a 20 foot long chassis specifically designed to carry this container.
When set on solid foundations, they are cyclone/hurricane proof, would survive earthquakes and landslides better and can be used either above or below ground level.
This is the Ecopod. A smaller but energy-eco-efficient way for a homeowner to get away from the crazy things in the world. This shipping container home is easily transported and secure plus safe enough to leave in remote areas for longer periods of time. Every single Ecopod derives its power by an 80-watt solar panel, the flooring is made with rubber used from recycled tires and insulated with a soy-based product for the cold.
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