ISBU Myths & The Facts

myths and facts about isbu shipping containers for building purposes

The Myths & The Facts

There are a few myths regarding “shipping container homes (ISBUs)” and their construction. To say these myths and type casting are common would not be correct. In fact very few government agencies promote these un-educated beliefs and concepts.

Here are the top four myths:
MYTH: Shipping containers are hot ovens and not fit for human habitation.
FACT: Any non-insulated structure can become hot and unsuitable for human habitation in the summer months. A shipping container is as responsive to insulation as any other structure or material. When constructed according to Building codes all homes become safe and habitable.
MYTH: Shipping container housing only attracts “ghetto type” lifestyles.
FACT: Any housing or building material can become a ghetto unless properly managed. Here in the United States we have “ghetto” in every major American city, yet none of the homes are built from shipping containers. A ghetto is not the material, it’s the people and the governmental management. And honestly people who think this myth are not smart enough to work with us.
MYTH: Shipping containers should not be used for housing because they quickly become old and rusty housing.
FACT: In as much as shipping containers are constructed with Corten steel, then coated with epoxy paint, it is near impossible for them to corrode as some believe. Any scratched, dented and untreated metal will oxidize and in time corrode. A shipping container home constructed according to building codes will be the most maintenance free structure you could put in a community.
MYTH: Shipping containers cannot meet conventional housing standards or building codes and therefore should not be considered for use in construction.
FACT: As proven by the actual tests and certifications a shipping container, when used as housing infrastructures or storage units greatly exceed all government standards.

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