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30 Jul 2017

Container Housing Vs Modular Housing – A Guide To Understanding The Differences Part 1

While container housing is a relatively new revelation in the construction industry, modular construction (in some forms) has been around much longer. The two models of construction share many similarities, but are also inherently distinctive. We deal with clients daily in both sectors, have years of experience in building with both methods, and in section one of our MODNPODS knowledge series, we will outline the key distinctions of both methods, detailing their similarities and differences in order to understand what model is right for your dream project.

  1. All container homes are modular, but not all modular homes are containers.

A standard shipping container is designed and built to be transported, craned, and linked with other containers throughout its life at sea. In this way, it is a modular building block as such. A few weeks of work and a single shipping container can be a long term home, office, cafe or shop. A modular home, while sharing many of these characteristics, is designed at first to be a home. It does not have the same restrictions as a container, it can be built to any transportable size, with any external cladding or design features required. A container home will make a great and affordable home, but will always be restricted to a standard range of sizes and structural material.

2. Standards, standards, standards.

Because containers are a key tool in worldwide trade, they have been refined and standardised to be easily handled and compliant in any environment. A shipping container must have CSC (Container Safe Convention) compliance, as well as ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) compliance to be approved for international freight and handling. A modular home which may not be required to travel internationally can be built to comply with these measures (as we do at MODNPODS) but is more likely to be standardised for your local building code. We comply with all relevant structural codes as required.

3. Worldwide Availability

The standards implemented above, as well as the nature of world trade, mean containers, are available at short notice basically anywhere in the world. This allows us to build extremely fast and extremely cheap in environments that are desperate for affordable and durable accommodation, where as modular builds can be customised and built to spec as required in more developed environments.

– What is the better option?

The better option is entirely dependant on the goals of a client in this case. For a cost and time effective solution that can work within the container size brackets, then container may be the way to go. For a more customised solution with unique space requirements, modular would be the option of choice.

MODNPODS builds regularly with both methods. Feel free to call us to discus your options!





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