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Shipping Containers Given New Life

February 23rd, 2017 Comments off

ShippingConainerJupiterFLStAugstineRecordDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsIn Palm Beach County, Florida, shipping containers are getting a new lease on life in a very interesting way.

The containers are being turned into what Jupiter real estate agent Rick Clegg is calling an “up cycled eco retreat,” a white, two-story house that looks like a rustic steel cabin.

I call it ‘up cycled’ because we are taking a container and repurposing it by bringing new life to it,” said Clegg.

According to the St. Augustine Record, these structures are gaining a following as part of the “tiny home movement,” where people live in smaller spaces that are typically more affordable than traditional houses.

So much of a following, that Hollywood-based builder The Container House recently built such for an out-of-town client.


Rick Clegg inside of the container home. Credit: St. Augustine Record.

It looks like a regular house. You won’t see the containers. You can’t tell,” said Container House owner Rodrigo Bernstein.

It’s different, something that is not conventional.

The home was constructed from three shipping containers, has two-bedrooms, two-bathrooms and checks in at 1,000 square feet.

Bernstein says that the average cost for these modular container homes runs between $80 and $120 per square foot, in addition to costs for items such as permits and planning. He also noted, that unlike manufactured homes, his homes cannot be built and shipped.

It has to be built locally. I cannot build and ship it. It has to pass all the inspections on-site. It’s the same process as a traditional house,said Bernstein.

Just south in Miami, a company called Little River Box Co. specializes in converting shipping containers into temporary or permanent businesses, like barbershops and bars.

And it seems to be gaining in popularity, as one of the company projects involves using ten containers for a mixed-use development, with offices on the upper floor and restaurants and retail units on the lower floor.

Between the modularity and the shippability [of the containers], the sky is the limit,” said Little River Box Co. co-founder Gayle Zalduondo.

There is a lot versatility and possibilities for creativity and innovation for using containers in the construction industry,” said Ryan Anderson, a Fort Lauderdale business developer who co-founded Wyn-Box with two Miami architects. Their company also offers modular structures for housing and businesses.


A Wyn-Box unit. Credit: Wyn-Box.

When you tell somebody that you want to build a home out of a shipping container, and you’ve never seen one, it can sound unappealing,” said Anderson.

When someone sees a well-done project, they open their minds to the possibility … this is for someone who wants to live in something more unique and creative. This makes a little more of a statement.

The Daily Business News has covered the user of shipping containers as a housing option, as well as the “tiny house movement” recently, including the growth of modular as a solution in Sweden, and the zoning challenges that tiny homes can face. ##


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Nation Looks to Shipping Containers for Migrant Housing

February 15th, 2017 Comments off

A makeshift migrant camp near the Serbian border. Credit: FOX News.

The nation of Hungary is looking to container housing to solve a growing problem at border camps, as migrants wait for their asylum requests to be settled.

According to FOX News, human rights advocates have noted that Hungary was already holding large numbers of asylum-seekers in closed camps and that the massive, indiscriminate detention of all asylum-seekers “has not been seen in decades in democratic Europe.”

Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, has been outspoken on the issue of immigration, echoing a sentiment similar to that of President Donald Trump.


Prime Minster Viktor Orban. Credit: Deutsche Welle.

Once new rules are in place, any migrants detained anywhere in Hungary without documents allowing them to be in the country will be returned across the border,” said Janos Lazar, Orban’s chief of staff.

The strong words from the Orban Administration have also drawn criticism.


Janos Lanzar. Credit: Morning Ag Clips.

The government would do better instead to improve the quality of the open reception centers and spend this money on the integration of people who have found asylum in Hungary,” said the Hungarian Helsinki Committee in a statement.

The committee has also vowed to sue Hungary at the European Court of Justice in every case where asylum-seekers are illegally kept in custody, which would likely force the country to make compensation payments.

Currently, asylum seekers with claims that are under appeal are housed in mostly open camps, and some leave for other destinations in Western Europe before their appeals are decided.

Any migrants detained within five miles of the border are routinely sent back across the fences Hungary has built on its southern borders with Serbia and Croatia.

Lazar says that the measures have to be enacted in instances like this, when Hungary has declared a state of emergency due to mass migration.

It is clear that the security situation in Europe has deteriorated, not improved,” said Lazar.

Turkey is presently defending the borders of Europe. We would like to strengthen the Hungarian border.

Lazar also said that the country was ready to build a second, stronger fence if needed, on its southern borders, in addition to building several small bases along the fence for the thousands of border police.

Hungary granted asylum or some form of protection to 425 people in 2016. It received 29,432 applications.


A Svenska Containerhus. For the full article on containers being used for housing in Sweden, click below or on the photo.  Credit: Twitter, Sputniknews.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, other nations have also turned to shipping containers as a potential solution to their housing crises due to an influx of immigrants.

Sweden has looked to Peter Eriksson, CEO of Svenska Containerhus to repurpose surplus shipping containers, and in Canada, the city of Vancouver is turning containers into single suites to battle their housing crisis.


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Faced With Housing Shortage, Nation Turns to Unused Containers

January 18th, 2017 Comments off

Shipping containers in Sweden. Credit: Sputniknews.

In Sweden, even with a robust and sturdy “welfare economy,” the nation is still suffering from an intense housing shortage due to its popularity as a destination for migrants.

It’s now looking to shipping containers as an option to ease the crisis.

And with imports from places like China to Europe much greater than exports, there’s a surplus of Chinese containers in the country.

Following a model used in the U.S., the UK and the Netherlands where surplus containers have been successfully converted into homes, the Swedes intend to follow in their footsteps to plug the gaping holes in their housing market.

We looked up on the Internet how homes like this are built in the United States, and were inspired by their recycling ideas to make affordable, small accommodations of our own,” said Peter Eriksson, CEO of Svenska Containerhus in Skelleftea.



A Svenska Containerhus. Credit: Twitter, Sputniknews.

According to Sputnik News, with a price tag of slightly above 400,000 Swedish Krona (about $45,000 USD) the container option is more than affordable housing by Swedish standards. However, the customer pays for additional expenditures on land, sewage and electricity.

The container concept has been tried several times in Stockholm and southern Sweden with mixed success, but attracted significant criticism of the building quality, which compelled the city of Helsingborg to scrap plans for 100 container homes.

In spite of this, Eriksson is not deterred.

We build homes adapted for the Nordic climate. Besides, the containers are designed for a serviceable life of 20 years at sea in the wind and salt water. These homes are also easy to move,” said Eriksson.


A furnished container apartment. Credit: Local SE.

According to Swedish housing portal Hur vi bor (“How we live“), nine out of ten Swedes live in a municipality that is suffering from a housing shortage. According to previous estimates by the Swedish Housing Board, a total of 710,000 new homes will be needed in Sweden, a nation of roughly 10 million, by 2025.

The lack of housing is most severe among migrants and refugees. According to Aftonbladet, Swedish municipalities currently plan to invest nearly 100 million Swedish Krona ($11.2 million USD) to secure apartments for new arrivals.

Throughout the country, various means of combatting the housing shortage among so-called “new Swedes” have been tried, from modular housing to temporary renting of villas, hotel rooms and cruise ships. In December 2016, Stockholm tried accommodating newcomers in dormitories, where up to 16 people sleep jammed in a single room.

The dormitory lacks kitchen facilities, and food has to be delivered.

​”Here I can neither study nor sleep. Everything is so difficult,” said Gidey Germay, a refugee from the African nation of Eritrea. ##


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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News July 17-July 24, 2016

July 24th, 2016 Comments off

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Sweden wants to Site Modular Homes on Tiny Island

July 18th, 2016 Comments off

Sweden_refugees_jonathan_nackstrand_AFP__credit postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsWhile the 163,000 asylum-seekers who entered Sweden last year have been a boon for the country’s low income and temporary housing contractors, the jury is still out on whether the immigrants have helped the country’s economy.

Meanwhile, the government’s Migration Board wants to provide modular housing for 2,000 on the little island of Ivon, on Lake Ivonsjon, in Sweden’s southernmost province of Scania, as sputniknews informs MHProNews.

The 137 inhabitants are less than pleased. Hoping that planning permission for so many homes will never be granted, Kristianstad Mayor Pierre Månsson said, “It feels more like an April Fool’s joke, and we will do everything we can to stop such a large housing scheme.”

The company Svenska Semesterhem is trying to take advantage of the lucrative new housing contracts the Migration Board has offered to private companies.

Ivön island is designated a Natura 2000 site, requiring higher environmental protection standards under a project mandating the strict regulation of sewage disposal. Additionally, the ferry that serves the mainland could not meet the demands of so many more people.

Meanwhile, 30 of the country’s largest home builders billed the Swedish government for around $100 million. ##

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Factory-built Homes more Prevalent in Scandinavia and Japan

May 29th, 2015 Comments off

Japanese modular  theconversation  Sekiusi house shizuoka factory  japanBrisbane’s Queensland (Australia) University of Technology researchers Karen Manley and Dale Steinhardt report 84 percent of Sweden’s homes contain some prefabricated wood elements, far beyond the under five percent for the UK, Australia and the United States. In between are the Netherlands with 20 percent of all new housing using some form of prefabrication, while the number is 15 percent in Japan and nine percent in Germany.

Japan has many large modular home builders, the largest of which turns out about 10,000 homes annually. As globalconstructionreview reports,The extremely large Japanese housing industry, which produced more than a million new houses as recently as 2008, facilitates the ongoing development of these research-intensive prefabricators which thrive on feeding a consumer segment that values high quality durability against natural disasters like earthquakes.

In the U. S. factory-built housing has never been part of the mainstream, while in Australia and the UK traditional methods of construction continue to dominate the landscape. However, in Australia prefab has been used for school buildings and mining camps. Manley and Steinhardt say Sweden is driven by environmental activism in its use of prefab. In Japan, prefab responds to high population density and the threat of earthquakes.

MHProNews understands the combination of manufactured and modular homes produced in the U. S. each month totals between six and seven thousand units, according to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). ##

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Modules House African Communications Center

August 12th, 2013 Comments off

In Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a modular disaster recovery center has replaced a one-time helipad that served the directors of the communications company Vodaphone Mozambique. With land at a premium in the capital city, the center is located atop a five-story building adjoining Vodaphone’s 14-story office building. The three modules, each 130 square feet, were shipped from Sweden’s Flexenclosure to the Maputo port and trucked to the site, which has room for three more modules to allow for future growth. MHProNews has learned from datacenterdynamics the Swedish company has provided nearly 20,000 square feet of modular data center facilities across the African continent.

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Finnish Collaboration to Build Affordable Modular Housing

November 21st, 2012 Comments off

GlobeNewsWire reports from Finland, Stora Enso and Skanska are collaborating to build a moderately priced modular housing project comprised of 36 BoKlok apartments in seven multi-story buildings. Skanska and IKEA developed the BoKlok concept in the mid-1990s, and 5,000 homes have been sold in Sweden. Stora Enso’s Hartola production unit will provide the modules for the structures, set to be ready for occupancy in eight months at Kivisto in Vantaa, Finland. Skanska’s Project Development Manager Riku Patokoski says, “The idea of the BoKlok concept is to create better housing that combines good quality and design with easy reproduction and moderate living costs.” As MHProNews has learned, Stora Anso acquired the Hartola module production unit last summer, and has been producing modules based on structural cross-laminated lumber.

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Modular Mini House Assembles Quickly

August 30th, 2012 Comments off

Gizmag tells MHProNews the Mini House from Sweden is a prefabricated modular home that arrives flat-packed and can be assembled in two days. Creator Jonas Wagell says all the modules can be recycled or combusted except the sliding glass door that opens on to the terrace, which gives a larger living space to these homes that are currently used as summer getaways in Scandinavia. The polystyrene core is clad with plastic laminate or plywood for insulation and the windows have no trim. Designed to withstand adverse weather conditions, on the drawing board are modular kitchens and bathrooms for a larger model that will also have photovoltaic cells as an option, as well as attachable modules for additional space.

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English Company Expands Modularly

May 9th, 2012 Comments off

Factory Homes, Ltd (FHL) in Hull, England has received the Q-Mark Certification by BM Trada, one of the toughest standards for construction products, and will begin producing modular homes with a low-carbon footprint to meet the need for affordable housing. Based on automobile manufacturing, the cutting-edge technology focuses on high efficiency and lean manufacturing to produce a cost-effective quality product. ThisIsScunthorpe tells the first year 350 homes will be built with a goal of 600+ annually in five years, and of eventual anticipated staffing of 400. Factory Homes is part of Scaid Investments, which also owns Willerby Holiday Homes. The largest manufacturer of modular lodges and holiday homes in England, Willerby has factory-based manufacturing experience going back to 1946, and in 2008 received the UK Manufacturer of the Year award. FHL director Graham Kemp says both companies had been seeking to diversify, which makes this a good fit. Factory Homes has received inquiries from Sweden, Switzerland, and Scotland.

(Photo credit: ThisIsScunthorpe/Jerome Ellerby—Director Graham Kemp standing in front of an FHL  home.)