The greatness of container homes was discovered when they were used as emergency shelter homes after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The requests for these homes have been international. More companies are doing extensive research and testing to create container homes for emergency shelters. They are made from shipping containers and have proven to be a sanctuary in areas of the world where natural disasters have struck.
Emergency shelter container homes are usually set in locations away from flood areas. How high of an elevation container homes are positioned are important as well as the land positioning.
Container homes made from shipping container for emergency housing are all set on foundations that meet, even exceed, the required level of protection that is typically needed for a home. In addition to a strong foundation, the steel construction won’t crack or fracture such as that of a concrete structure. All of this leads to a longer lifespan as well as lower maintenance.
Two Important Factors To Consider For Container Homes
When considering container homes for emergency shelter in a hurricane area, two factors that should be considered are:
One: Susceptibility to water damage that is caused by flooding. Two: Wind resistance of the materials used to construct the home. Since coastal countries are hurricane and tropical storm prone, this makes the safety of the steel construction a container home provides a high priority.
Most of the damage incurred during a hurricane is from the flooding that ensues as well as the water incursion to damaged structures. Shipping container homes minimize that chance in many ways with the first being the steel wall structures. They are inherently water tight and the heavy rain that is associated with hurricane force winds isn’t very likely to rupture the structure. Shipping container homes have proven to be both earth quake and hurricane proof as shown by their seaworthiness.
Unanchored shipping container homes can withstand winds of 100mph winds and 145mph winds when anchored. They are great as an emergency shelters and can easily become converted into a regular home or office afterward. Shipping containers can be stacked on top of each other, creating multiple dwellings or a home of multiple levels.
Water damage surpasses wind damage during and after hurricanes, but the damage that high winds can cause are severe too. There are two types of wind damage during a hurricane with the first being the most obvious is that direct from the hurricane. Hurricane winds have been clocked at 160 mph.
However, the tornadoes that spawn from hurricanes are the strongest winds and cause more damage. They have been clocked up to 250 mph, causing a high percentage of the damage sustained. Most of that damage is from flying debris, small trees, two-by-fours and more. Those are items that will penetrate concrete walls but not damage the walls of container homes.