Driven by the ideas of green living and sustainability, modern architects generate new and bold initiatives, trying to find new forms of architecture, where increased comfort and amenities of living go hand by hand with green technologies and reduced environmental impact. A container house is one such audacious project, where comfortable living space is created at the lower price for both – its owner and the environment. Lets explore just what container homes are and how they can benefit the environment.
Are Container Houses Environmentally Friendly?
Why are container houses considered to be environmentally-friendly? First of all, it is because houses of this type are built using recycled materials, namely shipping containers, which are no longer used for their main duty. Every year millions of containers crisscross the globe on cargo ships and trucks.
Most of these containers are made in China and are designed only for a one-way trip. In other words, millions of such containers are deposited after they had been used. Storages of used containers occupy large areas, often pushing the wildlife out of their natural environment and creating significant risks of soil and water pollution. At the same time, recycling of such containers is a very expensive and energy-consuming process.
Hence, using shipping containers for building homes looks like a perfect solution to a multi-facet dilemma. Besides, building a container home requires fewer natural resources, such as wood and stone. That is also a great green benefit, especially in view of current rapid deforestation of the planet. Lowered carbon dioxide emission is another benefit of the container home technology, though welding of the metal components seems to be pretty questionable aspect here.
Finally, container houses are green, when their owners prefer green way of life. By default, such dwellings are supplied with environment-friendly systems, such as solar panels for electricity and heating, or wind generators, heat pumps, etc. Often, roof of a container house is used as a fundament for plant yards and can be used for harvesting rainwater as well.
As you see, there is a great opportunity for container homes to become a choice for many people. Not only those, who try to lower the cost of house construction or single out among the neighborhood, vote for container homes; the idea is warmly accepted and supported by green activists and people, ready to migrate to green technologies as part of their commitment to save the environment.