Dating shipping containers
Items are packed into the cargo containers in their country of origin, then shipped to wherever they’re destined to be sold.
Once they’re emptied at the appropriate port, many of these cargo containers simply sit around empty or get melted down for re-use.
Shipping container architects tend towards the use of 20 foot containers in their container home plans and designs.
They are, therefore, the mainstay in shipping container homes and housing projects.
These internationally recognised containers are extremely popular and standardized in ISO 6346 (see ISO shipping containers).
A 30 foot container does exist, however, and is offered by some container companies.
The 20′ container dimensions are categorised as follows: Open top containers are similar in characteristics and dimensions to standard general purpose intermodal containers above, but without a fixed roof.
But recently, they’ve found new lives as homes and other types of buildings.
Perhaps the two most appealing aspects of building with shipping containers are the affordability and the green construction factor: shipping container homes are far less expensive than new-material traditional homes, and reusing them rather than melting them down significantly reduces the carbon footprint of the steel containers.