The rising popularity of building homes or retail centers using recycled or new shipping containers is impossible to ignore. Using shipping containers provides obvious benefits; such as being able to be as creative as you or your architect will go in addition to saving money and time as well as the incredible strength and durability. Builders and homeowners most desirable traits are the tremendous cost savings in building these projects. Some experts estimate that building with containers can lead to a cost savings of up to 60%. Beyond monetary savings, using containers also means saving precious time when building and as we know... time is money. Containers are the strongest structure available ... stronger than wood, concrete and even regular steel buildings.
Containers are resistant to any natural disaster, including tornados, earthquakes and even hurricanes. Shipping containers whether single units or multiple interconnected units can withstand up to 100 MPH winds when rooted on foundation or 175 MPH when anchored with pylons making container homes extremely solid in both tornadoes and hurricanes. Even after a direct hit from an earthquake, the structure would never collapse.They are 100 times safer in an earthquake than a conventional housing structure. Some estimates suggest that there are about 24 million empty, retired shipping containers on our planet.