Building a house from shipping containers – Living in a container may not sound so attractive and luxurious, but it depends entirely on how the container looks. After seeing these containers and cabins you may change your mind … On a hot summer day it can be good with large doors that provide fresh air. The first problem that container builders encounter is that the containers can contain hazardous materials. The floor of the containers is often made of wood-based sheets which have been treated against fungal attacks and which can therefore contain arsenic and chromium compounds.
Another challenge is the paint that can contain lead and phosphorus and chromium compounds. The containers are painted with a type of paint that is relatively toxic to lay on, but which does not degas afterwards. Therefore, we consider it ‘only’ as a health and safety problem.
The problems with harmful substances can of course be avoided by either sand blasting the used containers or by buying new ones, where you can specify how they should be painted and which floors you want in. But then part of the environmental benefit smokes, and the price naturally becomes also higher. Although you might think so, containers are not just the same bricks. Most have settled a little or have been angry over the years. For a modern building where you have to have a very close facade, it can be a big challenge.