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Shipping Container Homes – Perfect For Efficient Construction?
Being able to increase the pace of building projects is clearly a win-win situation for all involved, since it can reduce costs dramatically and enable construction companies to move onto their next job far sooner.
And one of the best – and perhaps one of the most popular – options these days is to use shipping containers as an choice for housing, something that is being seen increasingly around the world as an alternative to the traditional bricks and mortar.
In Glasgow, for example, a new student housing block has just been created in ten weeks thanks to shipping containers that have simply been stacked on top of each other. According to the BBC, the blue steel containers – made in a factory in China – were stacked to make a block seven storeys high and the empty industrial site now has room for 500 students.
Offsite construction clearly has benefits, with managing director of True Student Marc Carter saying: “One of the big advantages is speed. The development takes about 20 per cent less time on site which obviously has a big effect on economics. We also get a great deal more certainty in terms of the quality of the product.”
Other options for speedy construction times in terms of materials has to be timber framing. This too can be constructed offsite and then simply put together wherever required, reducing site labour, construction waste and also disruption to both the environment and local residents. In addition, timber frames are recyclable and very eco-friendly, so certainly a material worth considering.
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