The following is part two in a three-part series on sustainability by Falcon Boxpert and architectural interior designer Sarah Ellis.
Last week I discussed two qualities of shipping containers that make them great sustainable building options--their upcycled nature and their inherent modularity. Today, here are two more reasons container buidings are a great choice in the pursuit of a greener future.
3) Compact and customizeable. Smaller spaces equate to lower energy costs, fewer materials used and reduced cost. Think of shipping container buildings as giant Lego sets, spaces that can be easily expanded in any number of creative ways as need increases. This is in contrast to typical construction, in which wasted spaces are commonly seen when planning for future expansion; the extra space sucks up more resources and energy regardless of whether or not it will ever be used, and should more space eventually become necessary the costs and complications of an addition can be overwhelming.
4) Structurally sound. Shipping containers are designed to withstand the harsh sea environment, and can also be stacked up two twelve containers high while still retaining their structural integrity. This excellent durability makes for buildings that can weather the elements and remain useful with relatively little maintenance for years and years.
Next week: the final installment in this three part series on sustainability offers two more reasons to go green with shipping container buildings.