Why Choose a Relevant Container Home?
March 10, 2023
- Durability – Container homes offer longevity, defense against rot and termites, and the ruggedness, when properly anchored, to stand against severe winds and some fires. Our engineers suggest that a shipping container can withstand wind speeds of up to 135 mph without showing signs of structural damage. For comparison, a tornado with speeds between 111 mph and 165 mph can destroy a traditional stick-built home within seconds. While natural disasters such as a tornado may still damage a container home, it is unlikely to demolish the entire structure.
- Upcycling – Because these steel containers can provide the basic framework for a home, less energy and traditional building material (like brick or wood) is needed. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, millions of shipping containers are left dormant in U.S. ports every year, adding to the global waste crisis. By repurposing these unused shipping containers into homes, it offers alternative solutions in the effort to house people in today’s world, as well as reduces waste and the unnecessary extraction of natural resources.
- Smaller footprint – A smaller home means a smaller carbon footprint. Buildings are responsible for an estimated 40% of the world’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, and research indicates that house size is one of the biggest contributors to this pollution. One study of tiny homes in Australia, which has the second-largest houses in the world after the US, found that smaller houses can reduce per-person carbon footprint by an estimated 70 percent over its lifespan compared to traditionally larger homes.
- Energy Conservation – We insulate our homes with a soy-based closed cell spray foam which is applied to achieve an R value of at least 10% better than what is required by code. This translates to energy savings and comfort for the homeowner owner.
- Fresh air – Relevant Homes are always provided with ventilators to supply plenty of fresh air to the inhabitants.
- State Permitting – Our buildings are all permitted by the State so that we can build them in our shop as ‘prefabricated structures’. They are built to the same code as a traditional stick-built house. This permitting and building process helps us to reduce the time on site significantly in comparison to a traditional building project.
- One stop shop – We offer permitting services as required to secure all permits for the ‘on-site’ portion of our buildings, which is primarily planning approval and foundation permitting. We can take your project from concept to completion.
- Maintenance – Due to the fact that container homes are made with corten steel and treated with tough marine paint, they are quite easy to maintain and at a lesser cost than a traditional home.
- Warranty – We offer the traditional one-year warranty on workmanship and materials as well as a three year warranty against water intrusion.