Containers are an extremely flexible method of construction, being both modular in shape, extremely strong structurally and readily available. A home made from steel shipping containers offers a fast, green, and sustainable approach to building. These inter-modal steel building units (ISBUs) are manufactured in a factory-controlled environment so they are standardized and reliable. They can be used to build an average-sized home with almost no wood. Shipping containers are in many ways an ideal building material. They are designed to carry heavy loads and to be stacked in high columns. They are also designed to resist harsh environments - such as on ocean-going vessels or sprayed with road salt while transported on roads.
Smart Design lays the foundation of sustainable dwellings. This means using advanced computer modeling to create homes that take the most advantage of natural light and passive heating and cooling. It means designing to use less, to use interior space wisely, and designing for longevity, flexibility and healthy living. Design to use less, design to make a space feel larger than it is, design for double function so that spaces within a home can serve several uses. Large window walls bring in natural light minimizing the need for artificial light while framing the landscape beyond.