Tempohousing containers: an introduction
Tempohousing offers solutions in situations where fast and adequate housing is needed. Temporary Accommodation always requires smart logistic approaches to act fast and to keep set up times short. Customers expect also a good return on their investment: even after relocation, the housing units need to retain their value. In many circumstances, there is not much land available to build temporary housing. This is exactly why Tempohousing uses shipping containers to create housing solutions. They are easy to transport world wide, have a low cost, are flexible, are structurally very strong and have many standardized solutions for stacking.
A brief history of the ISO dry freight container
The dry freight container, the standard container used for transport over water, Was invented in the 1930s by Malcolm McLean. Their world wide introduction was in 1956.
The container is used extensively for long distance hauling of goods over water: The biggest container ships can be loaded with 6500 to 8000 containers. But container transport is not limited to the water only: trains and trucks can also easily transport these containers. (Air freight containers are smaller than the standard dry freight container.)
Transporting non-bulk goods in containers was much cheaper than any other way of transport, mainly due to the time saving for loading and unloading cargo. This explains why after their first introduction containers rapidly became and still remains the world standard. Even with the slow economic growth at the beginning of the 21st century transport by containers is rising strongly.
This is why, at its 50 year anniversary in 2006, Mainport Rotterdam will host the Year of the Container, high lighting the possibilities of containers, not just for cargo, but also for other purposes, like housing.
source (partly): http://nl.wikipedia.org