OFTEN QUESTIONS ABOUT CONTAINERS HOMES
WITCH IS THE COST FOR A CONTAINER CONSTRUCTION
The cost of container buildings is a fraction of that of conventional buildings. Even brand new containers do not cost more than conventional building materials, while shipping to the site is just as easy.
Cost savings will be made by reducing the time it takes to process the containers and build them. The time required is almost half because of the reduced weight and the ease of processing the steel can handle.
Again, here again we need to make a reservation about the construction that you want to build, as well as the way you get your materials.
If you say you want to build a country house, or a factory where you basically want fast and durable construction that stretches over one or two floors (regardless of square), the cost of the containers is incomparably lower than the cost you would have had To build with conventional materials.
But if you want a 3-storey building with 100 sq. Meters. Per floor you will need a lot of containers (3-4 per floor). If you want all these containers to be shipped from a remote place (eg China, Australia etc.), the shipping cost (due to that number) can match the cost savings you will have on the workforce (as it takes less time and Fewer people) and materials.
There are still companies that offer prefabricated homes on standard designs and send them after building! Apart from the objections that can be made to prefabricated houses and canned designs, this way of shipping has increased demands and therefore it costs more than simply sending some containers. For the above reasons, we do not recommend this option.
However, in all the above cases, the maintenance costs, as well as the economic benefits resulting from a container construction, are not altered. The reduction in the cost of heating and cooling due to the high energy efficiency of these buildings, the reduction in maintenance costs and the cost reduction of the materials needed to achieve the insulation and maintenance of these buildings, apply in all cases. Do not forget that a conventionally structured building requires a maintenance cost of 85% over its lifetime, which is not the case in a container building. However, we still point out that these benefits arise only when design and rebuilding are done by specialized architects and civil engineers.
WHAT IS CONTAINER ARCHITECTURE
Container architecture or cargotecture is used as shipping containers. It is the last word of bioclimatic architecture and over the last decade, both architects and civil engineers are specifically and intensively involved in this alternative construction.
The term cargotecture seems to have been used for the first time in 2003 by a US architect. It is a composite word from cargo (and commodity) and architecture (and architecture) and has been introduced to describe building systems that use only or partially containers as building materials. Cargotecture is part of the bioclimatic architecture, mainly because it exploits the containers as a building material, and hence it 'recycles' and redefines their use.
Other reasons (which can not be developed here) are the portability of these buildings, as well as the better stabilities with conventional building materials (such as bricks), since they are designed to stack one over another on top of Ships carrying out transatlantic travel!
The most prominent mention of container use in Greek reality is the accommodation used to relieve the 1999 earthquake. It was the first time that the containers were used extensively across the country so that thousands of people could find shelter until their wounds healed And to be able to stand on their feet.
Here, however, we have to note the following: the 1999 earthquake camps can represent a representative example of the speed and cost reduction that can be enjoyed using containers as building materials, but they are by no means a representative sample of the possibilities Open from this alternative form of construction! It is wrong to think of these homes as the only possible result of container architecture.
These lodgings are the cheapest version of the results that one can have, and could have been used right then by Greece, since it was a matter of finding a quick, efficient, healthy and inexpensive temporary solution for thousands of people, homes Of which they were totally destroyed by the earthquake, but these sludges in many cases had major deficiencies such as no plumbing, thermal insulation and heating.
But this image, which we all have at that time, is to a great extent offended by this kind of architecture, which can create beautiful, bioclimatic buildings with high energy efficiency that is not even conceived to be made from containers. There are few examples of container buildings, which are of such aesthetics as to be considered works of art.
Cargotecture abroad has been used for schools (this has also been done in several areas of Greece), residential complexes, business offices, businesses, student homes, homes, shops, cottages, factories and a host of other applications in both urban and rural areas. And in a rural residential environment. The results can vary depending on whether or not the containers are used only partially or if the purpose of the exterior appearance of the buildings is to look like a container or not,
WHICH IS THE LIFE OF A HOUSE BY CONTAINER
This question can not be answered abstracted. The reason is that the lifetime of a building from a container varies depending on the construction you will want to build. A large number of architects and engineers worldwide have turned their attention to cargotecture, precisely because of the flexibility and the choices it gives.
Otherwise, a small structure is used which has only used containers, or another construction that has used other insulating materials (plaster, window frames, etc.). Different is the static study in the case of a building that uses new and different in the case of a building using used containers.
Those skilled in cargotecture use special measurements of the containers to be used as building materials for the static study. However, this study differs from case to case, because it very simply depends on the container to be used.
If anyone searches on the internet about the shelf life of the container, they will find that they have a life span of 20 years (when the lifetime of a conventionally structured building is at least 100 years). But this is just a myth and it does not apply.
It is of course true that container manufacturers are giving life to their products. However, this duration only applies to their intended use, and not to the construction of container buildings! What is this use?
Containers are intended for uninterrupted over-the-air trips, from port to port, stacked on top of each other on shipping vessels. They are permanently exposed to their appetites, the sea bream, the ship's turbulence, their agar-loading and transhipment from boat to boat and from crane to crane. It is, therefore, very normal that in these circumstances their life span is reduced.
But if you do not intend to load the building you want to build in a tanker and make overrafting journeys then its lifetime can easily rise dramatically.
The truth is that it's so new this use of containers that there are not enough old buildings so we have 'live examples' to expose. However, this does not mean that there is no scientific evidence for such predictions.
The static study is a recognized scientific method, and its findings are valid irrespective of building material. From these data, and with the reservation we made at the beginning of its unique construction, we can say that container buildings can comfortably reach and exceed the 100 years of life of a conventionally structured building.
In any case, it is pointed out that the absolute need to have secure constructions is the specialization of the human potential you choose to hire. If your architect or engineer has never worked on the containers, do not let them innovate.
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