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NATiVE Answers Your Questions About Shipping Container Structures and Solar Panels

Posted by Paige Welsh on Jun 13, 2018

This week I sat down with David Dixon, Business Development Director and co-owner of NATiVE to ask your burning questions about adding solar power to container structures. NATiVE constructs net-zero energy homes and installs solar on existing homes and businesses. Its mission is to build a market for solar power in Texas. Our conversation focused on the particulars of installing solar in Texas, but much of the information is widely applicable throughout the United States.

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Tags: Shipping Container Modifications, How-Tos, Green Building

Rocket Electrics Launches Container-Based E-Bike Location, Austin TX

Posted by Paige Welsh on May 30, 2018


On a sunny Friday afternoon, Rocket Electrics cut the ribbon and opened an auxiliary location Austin’s Mueller community for their e-bike rental business.  Opening the location marks another step in Rocket Electrics’ mission to save Austin from the woes of traffic by introducing e-bikes, bicycles with rechargeable electric motors. Based in a bright red shipping container modified and painted by Falcon Structures, the new rental location is 100% solar powered so Rocket Electrics can stay green as they grow.

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Tags: Shipping Container Modifications, Green Building, Commercial Construction

Just How Green are Modified Shipping Containers?

Posted by Paige Welsh on Sep 7, 2017

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 work place.

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Tags: Green Building

Green Office Ideas and Portable Solar Power with Shipping Containers

Posted by Stephen Shang on Nov 10, 2014

Green offices and other sustainability initiatives make good business sense on multiple fronts. Obviously they help contain energy costs and improve profit margins. They also help to build a more positive brand image. Customers love to hear how their favorite companies are reducing carbon footprints and innovating toward a greener future.

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Tags: Green Building

Environmental Advantage of Creating Housing in a Conex Box

Posted by Stephen Shang on Oct 30, 2013

Conex boxes aren't just an affordable and efficient form of housing; they have a low environmental impact, making them a great choice for people looking for eco-friendly housing solutions. In addition, the low environmental impact of Conex boxes is associated with lower overall costs. Creating a living environment in a Conex box is an environmentally responsible choice.

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Tags: Living Space, Green Building

Repurposed Shipping Containers Save Money & the Planet

Posted by Stephen Shang on May 3, 2012

Hospital clinics, offices, temporary sleeping quarters, retail fronts- what do all of these have in common?  Each can be built within the confines of a standard ISO shipping container.

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Tags: Green Building

Shipping Containers and Sustainability, Pt. 3

Posted by Sarah Ellis on Jul 1, 2011

The following is part three in a three-part series on sustainability by Falcon Boxpert and architectural interior designer Sarah Ellis.

So far, we've covered four big reasons that shipping containers are excellent sustainable building materials: their ability to be upcycled, their modularity, their compactness and their structural integrity. In this final installment in our blog series on sustainability, we will address two additional "green" aspects of shipping container architecture that help prove their viability as part of a sustainably-designed future.

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Tags: Green Building

Shipping Containers and Sustainability, Pt. 2

Posted by Sarah Ellis on Jun 24, 2011

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.

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Tags: Green Building

Shipping Containers and Sustainability, Pt. 1

Posted by Sarah Ellis on Jun 16, 2011

The following is part one in a three-part blog series on sustainability by Falcon Boxpert and architectural interior designer Sarah Ellis.

With concerns about enviornmental issues like global warming and trash buildup increasing every day, the topic of sustainability has received unprecedented public attention. Businesses (at least, those that are shrewd and responsible) have picked up on this phenomenon, and have begun vigorously marketing their more sustainable qualities and attempting to offer products and services that aid the modern consumer in leading the "green" lifestyle. Falcon is no exception to this, with the container construction we engage in consistenly being heralded as a creative, sustainable alternative to typical building techniques. But, what exactly does it mean when something is "sustainable," and how do our shipping containers abide by that definition?

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Tags: Green Building