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Green Shipping Containers & Eco-Friendly Building

3 min read
Nov 6, 2019
Marissa Morin

Businesses have good reason to think about their environmental footprint. According to polls from Gallup, 66% of Americans have purchased a product because they thought it would be better for the environment, and 72% of Americans reported that an employer’s environmental track record was a factor in choosing a workplace. Plus, governments are now encouraging businesses to build sustainably through tax credits. Considering all the incentives to go green, we’ve decided to revisit how recycling shipping containers into structures and building elements can meet sustainability goals.

Shipping container reuse can be an environmentally friendly option for three key reasons:

recycled materials, off-site construction, minimal site prep

1) Recycled materials and long-term shipping container reuse

Repurposing shipping containers means that the walls, frame, and flooring of the structure will be recycled and used in a new capacity. Reusing the container structure at multiple job sites for many years may also prevent the building of new structures.

2) Off-site modular construction with recycled shipping containers

Because Falcon knows precisely how much of each material is needed to retrofit a shipping container, we minimize waste. We can easily repurpose unused building material for that next job coming down the pipeline.

3) Minimal site preparation with green shipping containers

Producing concrete for a building’s foundation is carbon intensive. Concrete is the second most widely used material on earth after water. For every pound of cement manufactured, 0.9 lbs of CO2 are produced. Although the global cement industry is working to decrease their carbon footprint, if there is dry, flat, and level ground, businesses can avoid using cement by placing most containers directly on the ground without foundation.

Shipping Container Reuse

Shipping Container Reuse

If sustainability is a high priority for a business, we recommend modifying a “used” container as opposed to a one-trip container when possible.  A used container has had a long and useful life crossing the ocean several times, while a one-trip container has transported cargo only once. While one-trip containers tend to have fewer dents and scuffs, if going green is a higher priority than appearance, a used container is the way to go. To be clear, each container is built to the same stringent standards as is every other container, but some feel that the short freighting careers of one-trip containers make calling them recycled disingenuous. While one-trip containers still benefit from minimal site-prep and the potential for decades of reuse, we agree that used containers will always be the greener option.

Needless to say, there are many aspects to consider when businesses search for greener choices. To gain a better understanding of the environmental benefits of shipping containers, check out our free eBook, “Eco-Friendly Business Choices with Shipping Container Structures.” This guide discusses key topics such as tax credits and energy efficiency. We firmly believe that shipping container structures have a place in the green building movement when organizations leverage their potential for reuse and mobility.

Greenbuild 2019

Do you want to chat in person about green building with shipping containers? Meet us at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, November 19th–22nd. This is the largest annual event for green building professionals worldwide! Find Falcon Structures at booth #933.

Want to connect before the expo? You can reach the Falcon Structures team at 877-704-0177 or sales@falconstructures.com.

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