Frequently Asked Questions


Aren't shipping containers just hot ovens when used for homes and offices?

Absolutely not! Sure, if you don't know what you're doing and you don't insulate. In reality, the new Ceramic spray insulation is actually most effective when applied to metal. In fact, if you build a home, office, emergency shelter, or storage unit using Ceramis Insulation spray, the structure will probably be more energy efficient than a conventional home. 

What about rust and corrosion? Won't a shipping container rust too easily?

No. Remember, an ISBU is a shipping container used for ocean shipping, humidity, and saltwater. A shipping container is made from a special, non-corrosive Corten steel. When it's coated with Ceramic Insulation spray, it becomes virtually rust proof, prevents mildew, mold, and is highly anti-septic. However, we still recommend siding the home and slanting the roof. 

Does CMHC approve of Shipping Container Homes?

Yes. As long as the house is inspected and approved, and they have the architectural blue prints and plans. 

Who wants to live in a home that looks like a Cargo Container?

Most of the homes do not look like a Shipping Container. The ISBU is only the super-structure shell. It can be covered with any surface such as wood, stucco, vinyl siding, or anything else. Secondly, the Cargo Container look has become quite trendy, and some prefer all or part of the home to remain natural. It all depends on your personal tastes.

Why promote the use of ISBU in home and office construction?

ISBU shipping container modules are the most logical structure base for multiple reasons: 

  • Strongest structure. Stronger than wood, concrete, and even stronger than normal steel buildings.
  • Lower cost per square foot than other base structures.
  • They are truly Eco-Green structures: they are 85% recycled steel, and fully recyclable if demolished.
  • Energy Efficiently because the metal is so cohesive to the Ceramic Insulation paints they are #1 in energy efficiency.
  • Their use reduces the extreme surplus of Shipping Containers being stored near our harbors, ports, beaches and even inland cities.