faq’s

WHY USE STEEL STRUCTURED BUILDINGS / CONTAINER HOMES IN PLACE OF TRADITIONAL BUILDING?

Corten steel is generally stronger than wood and concrete and less disruptive to the installation site. It has a less negative impact on the environment as its made of 85% recycled steel while still being recyclable. They are energy efficient & can be designed for Net Zero Energy Housing using renewable energy systems.

HOW HIGH CAN THE CONTAINERS BE STACKED?

Without additional reinforcement, containers can be stacked up to 10 high. With the use of reinforcements, containers are stacked up to 20 containers high.

ARE BUILDING PERMITS REQUIRED FOR CONTAINER HOMES?

Yes. Any structure larger than 109 sqft will require building permits (within Ontario), although each municipality & township may vary, it is always best to consult with your local authorities prior to building.

WHAT IS THE LEAD TIME FOR A CONTAINER HOME BUILD?

There are many factors that affect the lead time such as the size and scope of the project. Once we receive sign off on the drawing package, a completed unit can be on-site anywhere between 12-20 weeks.

WHAT TYPE OF CONTAINERS ARE USED FOR RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS?

For residential applications, the most popular sizes are 20’ & 40’ High Cube (9’–6” high).
We recommend using new (one – trip) containers or build from the ground up for all future occupied spaces. We cannot track the shipment history of the USED containers; therefore we don’t guarantee there will be no toxicity or VOCs in the USED containers.

IS THERE A SURPLUS OF USED OR ABANDONED SHIPPING CONTAINERS?

Most people think that all stacks of shipping containers are surplus; that is not actually true. The shipping companies keep reserve containers to be available for immediate shipping requirements.

WHAT TYPE OF CLIMATES CAN CONTAINER BUILDINGS BE BUILT?

Our containers have been built in a variety of climates, ranging from the heat of Panama to the plummeting temperatures of the Arctic.

If you take the necessary steps to insulate and ventilate appropriately, they can be built in any climate.

WHAT TYPES OF CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEMS CAN BE USED IN CONTAINER BUILDINGS?

Climate control systems include BARD HVAC Units, Split Systems, PTAC Units, Baseboard Heating, and Window AC.

DOES THE CONTAINER RUST OR CORRODE OVER TIME?

Simply put, no. The majority of containers are used for overseas shipping; with prolonged exposure to excessive humidity & saltwater.
The container material is non-corrosive Corten steel, which may oxidize over time leaving a unique patina; but does not corrode.