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ABOUT THE CONTAINER INDUSTRY AND CONCEPS


Shipping Containers have many names, which can be a bit confusing. However shipping containers
are standard shapes, sizes and construction virtually everywhere in the world. When an ISO shipping
container is used solely for shipping it can have four main names.- Shipping Container- ISO Container -  Cargo Container - Conex Box.

 


WHAT IS AN ISBU


ISBU is from the name Inter-modal Steel Building Unit. Since 2006 the Shipping Containers have  become very popular and trendy for use as home, storage, prefab, and Business Construction Purposes.

Sizes:  The common shipping containers are 20' and 40' dry containers and the shipping industry refers to all containers and statistics as TEW, meaning twenty foot containers. A 40' shipping
container would be Referred to as 2 TEW for your easy calculating. Other sizes of containers are  certainly available such as 8', 10' and 53'. These sizes are specially made but are a minority.




WHAT IS THE SIZE OF STANDAR CONTAINERS


The common types of ISO Shipping Containers are:

 

  20' GP
 
40' GP
 
20' HQ (meaning High Cube.1 foot taller than a standard 20' GP)
 
40' HQ (meaning High Cube. 1 foot taller than a standard 40' GP)
 
Open top
 
Open side
 
Freezer, or Refrigerated are also available.

 




HISTORY OF SHIPPING CONTAINERS


Many people think the Shipping Container was invented in China -- not true. The first shipping container was invented and Patented in 1956 by an American named Malcolm Mc Lean.


Mc Lean was not an ocean shipper, but was a trucker and by 1956 he owned the largest trucking fleet in the South and the fifth largest trucking company in all the United States. He saved his money
and bought his First Truck in 1934. During those years all cargo was loaded and unloaded in odd sized wooden crates. The process was very slow and certainly not standardized.


 


AREN'T SHIPPING CONTAINERS JUST HOT INSIDE WHEN THEY ARE USED FOR HOME/OFFICE?


A: Absolutely Not! Sure, if you don't know what you're doing and don't insulate. The reality is, that
the new Ceramic Spray insulation is most effective when applied to metal. In fact, if you build a
home, office, emergency shelter or storage unitusing Ceramic Insulation Paint (spray) the structure
will probably be more energy efficient than a conventional home.

 


I SEE CONTAINERS IN MANY LOCATIONS BUT I AM HAVING DIFFICULTY TO BUYING, WHY?


A- Most people think that all Stacks of Shipping containers are surplus. That's not true. The shipping
companies keep reserves (inventory) so they will be immediately available for export shipments. So when you see all the shipping containers that doesn't mean they are surplus or for sale. Usually they only sell the very old containers to the public.
 


AREN'T PREFAB HOMES LOWER PRICED WHEN MADE IN CHINA?


A- No. The cost of shipping the Prefab or ISBU home to the U.S. adds Too Much Expense so it
usually compensates for the added cost of American labor when the home is built in the U.S.
or Canada. In this situation, China is not a better option unless you buy Flat Pack containers
or large quantities of custom ISBU.
 


WHAT ABOUT RUST AND CORROSION ON A SHIPPING CONTAINER?


A- No. Remember, an ISBU is a Shipping Container used for ocean shipping, humidity and
saltwater. A shipping container is a special, non corrosive Corten steel; then, when coated
with the Ceramic Insulation Paint, it becomes virtually rust proof and also prevents mildew,
mold and is highly antiseptic. 

 


WHO WANTS TO LIVE IN A HOME THAT LOOKS LILKE A CARGO CONTAINER?


A- Most of the homes do not look like a Shipping Container. The ISBU is only the super-structure
shell
. It can be covered with any surface, Wood, stucco, vinyl siding, or anything. Second, the
Cargo Container look is also becoming a Bit Trendy and some prefer all or part of the home to
remain natural.

 


CITIES WOULD EVER ALLOW SHIPPING CONTAINERS HOMES?


A- Any intelligent Planning Commission will approve such homes and development. They are
already being accepted. An ISBU is already superior to meet Any Building Codes. The exterior
design can become any look you want. A conventional home design can be made of multiple
ISBU units for economy and Super Strength.Then the exterior looks very normal. So it doesn't
matter whether you use wood walls or ISBU walls, the exterior will be the same. With some
education by the ISBU Organization, they will be readily received in all U.S. cities and towns for
many reasons.
 


ARE ISBU HOMES TALL ENOUGH TO COMPLY WITH BUILDING CODES?


A- Building codes usually Require 8' Ceilings. An ISBU is 8.6' tall internally. If you want a higher
ceiling you can buy HC containers which are about 12" taller than the standard ISBU. So yes,
the standard ISBU is Even Taller than necessary.

 


ARE CONTAINERS HOMES HURRICANE PROOF?


A- Yes,  ISBU Homes, either single units or multiple units connected, can withstand
100 MPH winds on a foundation, or 175 MPH winds when easily anchored with pylons. ...extremely
solid in Tornados or Hurricanes.
 


ARE CONTAINERS HOMES EARTHQUAKE PROOF?


A- Basically yes. Even in a direct hit, he structure my possibly roll around a little but certainly not
collapse
. It would be the most perfect safety Cocoon in an Earthquake. It would be at least 100 times
safer and stronger than a conventional housing structure.

 


WHY PROMOTE THE USE OF ISBU IN HOME AND OFFICE CONSTRUCTION?


A- ISBU shipping container modules are the most logical structure base for multiple reasons:


 
Strongest structure. Stronger than wood, concrete, and even stronger than normal steel buildings.
 
Lower cost per square foot than other base structures.
 
They are truly Eco-Green structures: they are 85% recycled steel, and fully recyclable if demolished.
 
Energy Efficiently because the metal is so cohesive to the Ceramic Insulation paints.
 
Their use reduces the extreme surplus of Shipping Containers being stored near our harbors.

 



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