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Frecuently asked questions

1. Aren’t shipping containers to hot?
Absolutely not, like every structure, such as wood, concrete, block, or steel panels, they all require insulation. The reality is, that the new Ceramic insulation paint (spray) is more effective when applied to metal, and together with a combination of special insulation treatment designed by Habitat Container applied to roofs, floors and walls, and PVC openings that help minimize the energy use, to make it a comfortable and sustainable habitat, the structure will probably be more energy efficient than a conventional house

2. Aren’t shipping container to small?
A 40’ container has a free 308.1 sqft internal livable area with high natural ventilation and illumination coefficients, using big windows panes, creating a large and bright space. Building codes usually require 8' ceilings. An ISBU is 8.6' tall externally. If you want a higher ceiling you can buy HC containers which are about 12" taller than the standard ISBU Module. So yes, the standard ISBU is even taller than necessary.

3. Aren’t shipping container’s exposed to environmental corrosion?
No, Shipping Containers were conceived made and used for ocean shipping, humidity and saltwater. The container structure is made with Cor-Ten® a Steel alloy made by United States Steel and manufactured by Nippon Steel in Japan. It complies and exceed ASTM-A606 type 4 norms complying with the minimum of Atmospheric Corrosion Factor 6.0 required, making it well above Carbon Steel with Cooper aggregate. Then, when coated with the Ceramic insulation paint (spray), it becomes virtually rust proof and also prevents mildew. There will be no rust problems.

4. May a container home be aesthetically pleasing?
Taste is a subjective matter. Most of the homes do not look like a Shipping Container. The ISBU is only the super-structure shell. The Shipping Container look is becoming trendy and some prefer all or part of the home to remain natural, but it can be any look you want when finished, it can be covered with any surface, wood, stucco, vinyl siding, bricks or stone.

5. What is the life span of a shipping container house?
The life expectancy is more than 50 years, depending on the level of maintenance.

6. Could any shipping container be used for housing?
There are many different shipping containers in the market, not all are suitable.
We use 20 and 40 Ft High Cube (High:, 9'6”) dry non reefer ISO/TC  104/SC 1 shipping containers, selected by our personal to guarantee the integrity of the same.

7. How many floors can be build with shipping Containers?
The structural condition of the shipping container allows to overlap up to ten times on top of each other even with 20 tons of cargo in each, with out any exterior support.(Our habitats weight no more than 4 tons, so we are way below the limit.)

8. Can they be modified once they are finished?
Yes and they can be also upgraded or downgraded.

9. Do I need to buy the container and then you come to build it to my place?
No, every shipping container house is fully made in a controlled environment in our own workshop, then transported to its final destination by truck, train or boat, and then mounted in its place by a crane.

10. Do I have options to build my container house according to my taste?
Habitat Container at this time offers just pre design models.

11. Is a container house suitable for disabled people?
Yes, when required Habitat Container will comply with (ADA) Americans with Disabilities Act. Accessibility guidelines.

12. Is a container a safe house are they build to code?
Yes, Building codes usually require 8' ceilings. An ISBU is 8.6' tall externally. If you want a higher ceiling you can buy HC containers which are about 12" taller than the standard ISBU Module. So yes, the standard ISBU is even taller than necessary. An ISBU module is already superior to meet any Building Codes and being the walls and the roof made in Cor-Ten® Steel, it offers higher security levels than traditional construction houses. Besides that all electric and water installation is performed by certified an licensed contractors.

13. Is a container house lightning-proof?
Yes, it has a protection system designed for such occasions. and it also behaves as a Faraday cage, protecting living beings and electronic devices in its interior of any electric discharge or electromagnetic field overcharge either man or nature made.
Faraday Cage explanation
Faraday cages shield their contents from static electric fields. An electric field is a force field surrounding a charged particle, such as an electron or proton. These cages often look distinctly, well, cage like. Some are as simple as chain-link fences or ice pails. Others use a fine metallic mesh. Regardless of their exact appearance, all Faraday cages take electrostatic charges, or even certain types of electromagnetic radiation, and distribute them around the exterior of the cage.

14. Is a shipping container home Earthquake proof
Basically yes. Even in a direct hit, the structure my possibly roll around a little, but certainly not collapse. It would be the most perfect safety cocoon in an Earthquake. It would be at least 100 times safer and stronger than a conventional housing structure. In an earthquake event, the container will hold its structural self supporting conditions ensuring in this way an anti-seismic resistant module structure.

15. Is a shipping container home hurricane proof? 
Yes, ISBU Homes, either single units or multiple units connected, can withstand 100 MPH winds on a foundation, or 175 MPH winds when easily anchored with pylons. ...extremely solid in Tornadoes or Hurricanes. This has been proven time after time in many ‘real life’ situations.

16. Benefits of ISBU construction Ref:http://www.isbu-association.org/faq.htm?

  • Sustainable—very!
  • Recyclable, and Up-cyclable
  • Unibody construction. The honeycomb effect
  • Strongest modular building construction on the planet
  • Earthquake resistant
  • Fire resistant
  • Tornado / Hurricane resistant
  • Strong non-corrosion Corten steel
  • Extreme security
  • Green construction and modifications
  • Saves trees
  • Ideal for multiple floors and levels
  • Fast construction
  • Insulation: bonds easily spray-foam, and with space-age Ceramic coatings
  • Exceeds local and International Building Codes
  • Easily adapted to Prefab automation
  • Easily adapted to Custom homes
  • Economically covered with traditional stucco, vinyl siding, woods, brick, and other cladding.
  • Mobile and transport via road without special permits. Even rail and ocean shipping

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