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Making Homes from Shipping Containers?

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August 4, 2008

By Katy Stech – The Post and Courier

As the cost of building materials soars and global trade expands, some local entrepreneurs are joining a worldwide movement to make affordable homes out of old steel shipping containers.

One Charleston-area manufacturer has figured out how to build structures out of the discarded boxes, and another local company has teamed up with two Florida housing entrepreneurs who have ambitious plans to bring the concept into the mainstream.

Developers across the country are turning their attention to the creative concept, which typically produces simple, modern homes. They’re making use of the thousands of containers that global trading patterns have brought into the country. And it’s a trend that could give low-end homebuyers, who often can’t spring for solar panels or water recycling systems, a chance at buying a house that’s environmentally friendly.

“That market really needs the pricing break and deserves to have green features in their home, even if they can’t afford $400 a foot,” said Josef Newman, who founded a company called Envision Prefab LLC with his brother, Aaron, in Boca Raton, Fla.

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