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joanna1st posted a blog entry in WipeAwayColliding with a 20 sq ft container floating just 18 inches above the water surface isn't something that happens every day, yet is possesses great danger for blue water sailors. Facts & Figures: Shipping Container Accidents Despite the fact that about 99% of the vessel transported containers make it to their final destination, an approximate of 1% each year slides down the board and starts its own journey crossing the deep blue ocean water. It may seem like an insignificant omission, yet there are over 160 million storage containers crossing the sea every 12 months, which means over 1 million containers being dropped offshore during a sea storm or because of an accident. And while transported good containers have insurance, the world maritime organizations and shipping companies have little or no obligations at all whether or not they need to report the lost containers or close their eyes when an accident occurs. The Cause: Re urposed Container Homes Despite the government's weak control over shipping containers, innovative thinkers have found a way to reduce Earth's carbon footprint, by putting those left-behind, time-damaged containers to use. After the big wave of log cabins have conquered the world real estate market, many designers have turned their attention to creatively incorporate reused materials in the creation of comfort-size homes. Suffocated by the ever-developing urbanism of metropolitan areas, nature can be barely seen hoping for a ray of sunlight somewhere between the cracks of a central pavement. The need of a sophisticated real estate market which offers Eco home solutions entangled with its surrounding nature had lead to an even grandiose project putting old prefab containers into use. Maintenance of Prefabricated Container Houses Jumping into the world of eccentric architecture does have its benefits in terms of interior and exterior appearance of the future project, yet maintenance is a whole new chapter of the book of modern building. Being a main transportation source for various types of good including hazardous ones, shipping container use resembles a challenging perspective for better living. Old prefab containers may have been previously used as refined oil products, for example, making cleaning a true hell. Yet, many of the widely spread used containers on the world market are nothing short of a time bomb. Potential shipping container goods and previous uses: Transporting bulk carried goods such as grain or wheat. Carrying non-bulk good such as machines or components. Toxic flammable and non-flammable substances. Easily spoiled food. and many more. While radioactive material is certainly out of the topic, as mild radiation could stay around the shipping vessel for years, specific dangerous goods such as flammable gases as well as oxidizing and corroding substances may be a ticking explosive in a newly built dwelling. If being thoroughly cleaned by following specific protocols, such containers may be easily shifted into a pretentious abode. Container Cleaning and Quality Standards Yet, specialists warn it is not a one-man job and certainly not a job for a non-professional. When dealing with hazardous substances, following quality standards is of prime importance. Larger cities in Australia offer a wide variety of certified residential cleaning teams which can guarantee 100% safe and disinfected work environment for further renovation processes, building and living. Needless to say, a not well-disinfected container may cause havoc in the later developed dwelling. It may put the health of its owner at risk, because of unwanted air pollution indoors or simply cause corrosion and damage the structure. But, with the required care and maintenance, reused container homes resemble one of the best Eco residential solutions in years. By offering quality insulation and a strong base structure, storage containers provide an easily modifiable base for the creation of futuristic looking abodes.
If someone told you 10 or 20 years ago that you will be in presence of such wonder as shipping containers are (and their multiple use!), you’d probably laugh it out. But, since you both are here now, there is nothing else to do but admit it’s what an amazing and functional piece of equipment shipping containers are. Even if you think they look bleak and plain, you are wrong – their design is pretty amazing, the choice of colors various and their use – stunning! Apart from being used in shipping industry, they are now known to be used in several innovative ways outside the industry as well. We give you some of the possible uses of shipping containers and it’s up to you to choose your favorite! Multiple Innovative Uses Shipping containers are not just a thing of outback – they are very well received in urban centers, too. Most often they are used as mobile offices on mining and construction sites due to their easy transport. On rural properties they usually serve as storage or even temporary emergency housing due to storms and other natural catastrophes. You’d be surprised to know that these don’t only serve as temporary solutions – most are used as permanent homes, offices, establishments and a large number of architects got interested into adding some design and making them modern-looking dwellings. Great thing is that unlike homes built from scratch, choosing to go with a shipping container means you are not required to have the same approvals from various councils. Another positive aspect is that containers are already built to be airtight which means you won’t have additional expenses of insulation. Believe it or not entire complexes can be created from multiple, stacked shipping containers with one being at the cost of around $30,000. Environmentalists worldwide have also embraced reused shipping containers! They can be easily outfitted with sliding glass doors, windows and all other features that will make it as functional as actual homes. Some people have even embraced the mix and match situation – they have ‘updated’ their homes by adding shipping containers as an extension in the purpose of it serving as a bedroom, a studio, home office, storage units, garages... basically for anything your heart desires. Hotels, Stores, Mini-Malls and other It is no secret that shipping containers are easy to put together, they are known for the speed of assembly and, maybe most importantly – for the lowered costs! Imagine just how much money you need to spend on concrete, bricks, wood, rebar, and other building materials! Include expensive transport and you’ve got yourself a huge bill! This is why hotels worldwide are starting to embrace the notion of shipping containers as structures over conventional buildings. And it’s not just hotels – stores, mini-malls, summer houses and similar are pretty open to it too! You’d be surprised to find out that another increasingly popular alternative use for the containers is student residences. They are bright, pleasant, and highly functional! In addition to providing regular containers, most companies (if not all) offer the option of transforming containers with the addition of interior walls, windows, doors, electricity and water supplies to serve a variety of purposes, including home offices, change rooms, first aid rooms, temporary accommodation units, mine or construction site offices, ablution blocks, and much more. The Future If you think about it, the era of shipping containers is already here (and some pretty amazing at that) so can you even being to imagine how much the overall shipping containers business will advance in the upcoming years? Shipping containers are incorporated into defence, road and rail, and a range of other projects and events. Still, this doesn’t mean their use as homes is over. With so many interested parties – designers, engineers and architects, we believe the multi-purpose uses of shipping containers will continue to grow worldwide. So, what will YOU be using your shipping containers for? Useful information for this article has been kindly provided by allshelter.com.au