Building Homes From Shipping Containers

Shipping containers can be used to make homesMore than 18 million freight containers make 200 million trips per year, moving the world’s goods from port-to-port.  It’s system that’s been in place for 50 years.

But ever since a California architect used the containers to build the world’s first Uniform Building Code-compliant 2-story home, the boxes have been on the fringe of the Green Home Movement.

Look at these few examples container-based housing from around the world:

Shipping containers are popular among architects because they’re cheap, plentiful, and easily shaped into designs. They’re popular among consumers for their small eco-footprint.

They’ll likely never replace traditional building materials, but shipping container homes should become more commonplace over the next decade.