The newest building material? Shipping containers!

May 9, 2016 Laura McDaniel

As we reported late last year, there is a shortage in glass leading to new building material use and delays in construction. Recently, Real Views explored a new trend: Turning old shipping containers into new resources:

Retail parks, student housing, start-up offices, even designer homes, they’re all being constructed out of former shipping containers – the latest go-to building material.

These containers are cheap and readily available but demand is being driven by more than just cost-cutting. Their use is propping up an industry still suffering the effects of chronic material shortage.

The building industry’s well-documented skills deficit has coincided with scant supply of traditional materials such as brick. Suppliers are unable to keep up with demand and solutions such as shipping containers are seen as innovative, prefab alternatives, ideal for quick construction

“They’re the right material to meet the needs of our time, a quick construction product in a prefab market that’s bigger than many people realise,” says Helen Gough, JLL Lead Director, Buildings & Construction.

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