Anyone following what we do knows that it’s not just about “houses”. They know that we do a lot of humanitarian aid all over the planet. We’re doing it in Haiti. We’re doing it in Vietnam. We’re doing it in the Philippines. We’re doing it in Japan. ISBUs were made for creating “outreach and aid stations”. Build them, store them, ship them and set them.
You can create entire ISBU based AID communities in days. DAYS. And, because you’re building with ISBUs, you’re weathered in and weather resistant.
We’re building ISBU Structures in places like the Bakken – oil fields in North Dakota and Canada. We’re doing it on Native American Reservations to provide classrooms…
ISBUs lend themselves to easily constructed, easily transported building modules that allow you to build structures to serve communities.
They’re doing it in China, too.
It makes sense, since all the ISBUs (Shipping Containers) in the world come from there.
Shipping containers are just big boxes. Use them as modules and you can build almost anything.
Using ISBUs for a project means that you have affordable, sustainable, scalable and most importantly flexible space in a time-frame that catches many people off-guard.
We’ve erected ISBU homes and building in a time-frame that left neighbors thinking that “construction elves had built them seemingly overnight…”
Okay, this blog is about US, but sometimes we like to show you what others are doing. Here is an exemplary example of WHY ISBUs are so incredible;
INCLUDED (a non-profit organization) built something called the Community Cube, a new community center for Shanghai’s migrant worker community. At just over 1600 square feet, the 2 story structure was completed last year and used ISBUs as the primary building components.
It’s located in the agricultural district of Chongming, which is a part of Shanghai. They didn’t weld the boxes together, they actually used big metal plates to bolt them together so that it can be disassembled and moved at a later date. Remember that it’s modular space. That means that you can reassign or multitask the different areas created to provide a library, play area, a computer area, and even large classrooms which can be further divided by using sliding doors to create smaller spaces.
They used whiteboard surfaces on walls and sliders to allow the surfaces to be used for education or entertainment purposes. (We do this in children’s bedrooms and in kitchen pantries to allow for “art” and “list creation”.)
Existing ISBU cargo doors were left on so that the boxes can be opened to allow even more sunlight and fair weather in.
We’re not sure what they did about insulation, but you could easily use SPF (Closed Cell Spray Foam insulation) or RIGID to insulate the boxes for four season use.
A Mini Split AC unit could easily heat and cool the spaces. Run that mini split off a battery bank fueled by photovoltaic panels and you’d have a pretty slick off-grid set-up, anywhere that the boxes could be dropped.
Need a school, daycare center, local medical outreach program or a community center? You could do this for very little money. And better still, you could accomplish it VERY fast. Now… take this exact same design and split it right down the middle to include a service core using one of our kitchen/bath/laundry modules and you have a HOME built “high speed”..