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#1 DrBubb

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Posted 03 June 2006 - 04:44 PM

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I want to examine this option seriously.

Why? Because secondhand insulated containers cost Pds.1,000 - 1,500.
This leaves alot of money to build in quality on the rest of the design.
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Posted 04 June 2006 - 07:23 AM

Container-based Housing - the Green Energy Advantage
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Green Energy: Part L Compliance
Following on from the Governments initiative to lower industry carbon emissions, the new Part L building regulations that were introduced in April 2006 require all commercial buildings to produce 27% less CO2 than was formerly allowed.

While many firms will struggle to fulfil this criteria the Container City™ system lends itself perfectly as a a cheap way to recycle industrial products.

How does Container City™ comply?
Minimal concrete foundations required (existing structure strong yet lightweight)
Little noise pollution (Off site construction and fast installation)
Natural ventillation (No need for air conditioning)
Photoelectric light sensitive cells (External lighting sensitive to light changes)
Thermally efficient (uses external walkways and lift towers, double thick insulation and sealed south facing glazed units)
Minimal artificial light required (fully glazed facades)
Separate light and heat controls for each unit. (modular system less open plan)

Possible Environmental Features:
Rain water harvesting
Wind turbines
Green Roofs:
Plant nurseries:

@: http://containercity.../index.php?id=7
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Posted 04 June 2006 - 01:22 PM

Container-based Housing - the Green Energy Advantage
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Little noise pollution (Off site construction and fast installation)



Accept perhaps for those having to live in the smaller box type container housing. They would need to have good noise insulation given that noise pollution is one of the worse things about modern living. If they can overcome that it just might have something going for it.

Many people might be put off because of what they look like. Containers with a porthole for a window are hardly the height of fashion for many dreaming of that two up, two down and a garden.

This looks ok.

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Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place, but I can't find details on how much they sell for.

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 01:48 PM

The one in the Grand Village, two containers side-by-side, completed inside to look like a normal flat:

Cost Pds20,000 fully installed.
I will ask the marketers of ContainerCity.com to post further details here,
or email me details that i can post here myself
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Posted 05 June 2006 - 12:16 PM

Hey that's a wierd coincidence...

I just returned from a business trip to Poland where I was staying in one of these things for a few days :

www.mobilehome.pl

They are all converted containers. Very comfortable they are too.

I was very impressed - maybe worth contacting the company for prices ?
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Posted 23 July 2006 - 06:55 PM

Interiors Like this?
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Posted 25 July 2006 - 10:05 PM

I guess the problem with these will be the cost of land. Where to put them, where you can afford the land ?

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 10:15 AM

cheap land...?
Find a flood plain somewhere, and put the containers back on barges

Then you have... floating assets

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 08:08 AM

QUOTE (HollandPark @ Jul 24 2006, 01:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Interiors Like this?

Exterior


Hello, I see your floor plan about a habiytable container - but how come you have 300 cm width ? containers normally is around 235 to 245 // NO ??
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Posted 29 December 2010 - 04:04 PM


I can imagine there's very little difference between living in a 'container redesigned for residence' and a static caravan/trailer. Apologies if it sounds a little impertinent, but am I missing something?


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Posted 16 January 2011 - 05:49 AM

QUOTE (underling @ Dec 30 2010, 12:04 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I can imagine there's very little difference between living in a 'container redesigned for residence' and a static caravan/trailer. Apologies if it sounds a little impertinent, but am I missing something?

It is easier to build the container remotely, with all inside, and transport it to where it is needed,
and so it could be cheaper. But there are space limitations
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Posted 08 February 2011 - 05:56 PM

similar things have been available for ages as temporary structures for use following fires etc. Get used a lot for schools in the UK as for some reason these suffer from above average fire loss frequency.............

could have knocked a few quidd off the Building for Schools project but then again I was educated in a cardboard cut out hut so has to be of high standard for semi permanent use LOL

http://www.roanbuild...k/education.htm
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Posted 30 June 2011 - 11:17 AM

I do like the idea of 're-using' a container. Am in midst of moving house (location still TBD) and was thinking of getting one to use for storage in the garden. . . but not certain propsective landlord would approve.

I recall a property show that had one all done up, it was brilliant.

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 02:13 PM

http://mekaworld.com/

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 03:57 AM

http://mekaworld.com/

Nice!

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 07:05 PM

Hmm.

I agree that compact, high density living is the most sustainable way for people to live and that off-site modular construction is very efficient ... but ... why the hell start off with a shipping container and not a purpose built and designed building module?

A shipping container is a hideous structure to attempt to adapt for living; it fails on just about every measure I can think of - thermal efficiency, corrosion, sound insulation, load bearing capacity etc. Meanwhile there are factories out there that'll churn out a modular house or block of flats.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:31 AM

looking for one of Bubbs architecture threads, gave up but still

Student architect in China constructs his own 75 ft² wooden house complete with kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and even a patio. - Nice pics !!!

http://i.imgur.com/OOGPv3w.jpg

found via
http://www.reddit.co...cts_his_own_75/
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 01:52 PM

that is pretty cool.
i hope the termites do not find it
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