Cargo Container Homes - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal
Nov. 6th, 2003
12:48 am - Cargo Container Homes
Price for base unit: $8,500
Be sure to read the FAQ.
Among the advantagess:
* Designed around the dimensions of an ISO standard shipping container, so can be shipped inexpensively anywhere in the world. (Overland shipping cost is about $1.00/mile).
* Run on propane. Can be shipped with year's fuel supply for refrigeration, lighting, and hot water.
* Wired for 12 V, so lighting can be supplied by solar or wind.
* Roofs are designed to capture rain water.
Standardizing End Frames Give Exporters Passport to More Markets
Amelia Island, FL - More American exporters of modular and mobile homes are using the Standardizing End Frame system to lower their shipping costs, reported Bob Allison CEO, World Homes Inc.
Allison, who invented the patented system, explained, "Container ships offer the least expensive and fastest transit between all the world's ports. With Standardizing End Frames, modulars can be stacked, shipped and handled just like containers. The problem of road transport in foreign countries is similarly solved by delivering the modulars from the port to the building site on the same truck-trailers used for delivering international shipping containers."
Allison regularly travels between U.S. and Canadian home manufacturers to teach production crews how to properly assemble and install the Standardizing End Frames. He reported that in the past few months producers have employed the system to ship homes to such diverse destinations as Beijing and Angola.
"None of the recent orders would have been shipped without the low rates offered on the container ships," Allison said.
Frames let Southern Energy Homes enter competitive European market
Mike Lasker, international sales director for Southern Energy Homes, Addison, AL, said competition for the European market convinced the firm to implement Standardizing End Frames.
"With our competition capable of shipping product to Europe for a delivered price nearly half of our price, we knew we had to do something. They were already using Allison's system. Our decision was easy," Lasker said.
Lasker reported that Southern Energy recently shipped standardized modulars to ANGOLA. The houses were loaded aboard a container ship in New Orleans for the voyage to Africa. The project was trouble-free.
Lasker added that the firm is working on closing a contract to produce its first multi-story standardized apartment building.
Lasker said Southern Energy has long been committed to pursuing overseas markets. The firm sees exports as an important and growing source of revenue. With nine production facilities between North Carolina and Texas, Southern Energy enjoys easy access to nearly every port in the South.
Horton Homes: first U.S. producer to use
Standardizing End Frames
Ed Sweeney, international marketing executive for Horton Homes Inc., Eatonton, GA, boasts that his firm was the first U.S. housing manufacturer to implement Standardizing End Frames. He also claims Horton Homes has shipped more standardized modulars to more overseas destinations than any other domestic producer. The resulting structures range from health care facilities in Russia, to single-family homes in Mexico and Guam, to resort accommodations at a Beijing golf course. Sweeney anticipates China will order more multi-section housing. The firm is also pursuing sales to Lithuania and Belize.
Horton Homes recently expanded into a new 330,000 sq. ft. facility which can produce up to 40 standardized export models a day.
Standardizing frames accommodate
Chariot Eagle's diverse export line
Bob Holliday, president, Chariot Eagle Homes, Ocala, FL, describes his company's export units as, "One of the most custom lines in the industry."
He continued, "You will never see two identical houses side by side on our line. The house we build for Japan is very different from the house we build for Poland, but they move through production at the same pace as the custom park models that Chariot is best known for," he said.
Chariot's high-visibility location on I-75 leads to a significant number of walk in visits by representatives of Central and South American countries. The firm recently manufactured a display model designed for the tropical climate in those regions.
The 800 sq. ft. model comprises two 10' wide, standardized modulars and maximizes natural ventilation with high ceilings built with a scissor-truss system shipped flat on top of the modulars.
Holliday described the model as, "The ultimate tract-type starter home standardized for low-cost export with a no-frills, FOB base price of only $19 per foot."
Britco: Standardizing End Frames
utilize the best shipping rates
Rick McClymont is president of Britco Structures, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. He reported that after watching his competition use Standardizing End Frames to accomplish a $4 million order to Japan, he refocused on negotiations with World Homes for a patent license.
McClymont said Britco's Japanese customers are intrigued with the standardizing system. They understand that the best shipping rates are only available on the overseas container carriers. Our West Coast location, close to the port of Vancouver and its many ship berthings, gives us easy and cost-effective access to all of the emerging markets for Britco's products in the Pacific Rim."
McClymont reported that this month Britco is shipping to Japan five modular sections equipped with Standardizing End Frames. The 40' X 8' X 8' sections will be erected into a 1,600 sq. ft. two-story three-bedroom, two bath sales model on a corner lot in an upscale neighborhood in Kobe.
McClymont reported that the Japanese sales agent is already purchasing load applications submitted by potential buyers. Britco expects five to 10 orders immediately, followed by an average of two per month.
Britco is producing the modulars with factory installed hardwood floors, ceramic tile floors, Japanese plumbing fixtures and other accessories that Japanese home buyers favor - such as large, luxurious bath tubs.
Though Britco excels in customization, the agent will offer the homes only in standard packages so pricing can be stabilized.
McClymont said the Japanese originally wanted panelized units, but when they learned modulars can be delivered to the site 90% complete, thus reducing site costs and headaches, they switched.
To conform to strict Japanese codes regulating fire-resistance, the modular sections will be site-finished with ceramic roof tiles and "Hardiplank" fiber-cement siding by James Hardie Building Products Inc., Fontana, CA