Welcome to Earthcube… the fact that you’re here suggests you are seeking better build options and that’s great, but if you’re thinking the shipping container homes are the cheapest way to build, this is not the case and many of us in this industry lost a lot of time and money learning this lesson.
A properly engineered and fitted shipping container house is around $3,500 per square meter, however in tropical locations this can be cheaper as the insulation systems are not so intense.
However if the home is to stay in one spot and you want real sustainability there is an entirely different system made with large clay blocks we call the “Earthquake Bloc”.
These homes are certainly worth considering as they are…
- Truly affordable at only $2,250 per M2.
- Truly sustainable as they are fired natural clay.
- Truly passive as interior temperatures vary by only 3 degrees year round.
- Truly built to last for future generations as they have been around for over 100 years.
- And as the name suggests, extremely resistant to earthquake and other disasters.
By comparison, Shipping Container Homes are…
- More complex to build and cost over $3,500 per M2.
- Metallic shell structure requires significant heating and cooling.
- Polyurethane foam is used to prevent condensation and corrosion.
- Particularly suited to islands or other hard to reach situations.
- However they are good at meeting the challenges of demanding and difficult sites.
So whichever system works for you, let us know how we can help.