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Do you want to build a Shipping Container Home in 2016?

Learn the 10 things to avoid and the 10 things you must do when building your own shipping container home.
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10 Do's and Don'ts When Building a Shipping Container Home.

Learn the 10 things to avoid and the 10 things you must do when building your own shipping container home.

Why should you look into this course?

  • Over the last 10 years an idea evolved to use stockpiled shipping containers as modular units for building office space as well as domestic homes. Because these empty hefty steel boxes are piling up in ports around the world and posing a storage problem. Since 2005 several architects and builders are taking advantage of this surplus to recycle the containers.
  • Looking at a container has 2 metric tons of steel which will take 8000 kwh of energy to melt down and make new beams. The process of modifying that entire 2 metric tons of steel into a higher and better use domestic home only takes 400 kwh of electrical energy (or 5%). This takes a bit more muscle and planning but we feel is that next step up for better Re-cycling.
  • Each long container measures 2.4 m wide by 12 m long by 2.5 m tall. Depending on the quality of a used shipping container, it could set you back anything from $2 - $10 per container.
  • According structural engineers these units are stronger than conventional house framing because of their resistance to "lateral loads" -- those seen in hurricanes and earthquakes -- and because steel is basically welded to steel. The roof is strong enough to support the extra weight of a green roof - which has vegetation growing on it - if the owner should want it.
  • As for their energy efficiency, they claim that when the appropriate coatings are installed, the envelope reflects about 95 percent of outside radiation, resists the loss of interior heat, provides an excellent air infiltration barrier and does not allow water to migrate in.
  • When applying a standard exterior siding to a house, the finished house is virtually indistinguishable from conventional housing.
Who is the target audience?
  • Any body that want to build with shipping containers
  • Any body that consider building low a cost house for themselfs or others
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What Will I Learn?
Avoid the 10 common mistake most people do when building with shipping containers
Apply the 10 thing every shipping container home must include
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  • Student would need to know the transportation cost of a Container to the building site
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 32 Lectures Collapse All 32 Lectures 01:46:00
From South Africa to the World
1 Lecture 00:15
The 10 Don'ts When Building your own Shipping Container Home after 2015
11 Lectures 01:00:21

Don't start cutting holes in your container, if you have not planned properly

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Don't just put a Slab Down before you have done your homework

Don't buy the lower height container, Shipping containers comes in 2 heights.

Don't just start welding 2 containers together because it make sense or does it?

Don't just weld doors and windows directly to the container walls.

Don't over engineer but also don't under engineer for later improvements
The 10 Do's When Building your very Own Shipping Container Home after 2015
10 Lectures 29:48

Know your delivery cost before you start planning your new home.

Know where the strength of any container is

Know why you could build the same sq M space with 2 containers rather than 4

Know why of ground is mostly a better option than a concrete slab and foundation

Know why container doors have more benefits than just closing up a unit.

Know your insulation, when inside and when external is more cost effective.

Know your Roofing, when would it be better to add a truss roof to your unit.

Know what is important for 2 or 3 story buildings before you build level 1
What else should you take into consideration
4 Lectures 10:32
Know your furniture sizes before you start building. It will save you a lot.

Finishes external

External insulation and cladding
Conclusion, Samples and more
3 Lectures 04:05

A good Plan where cut out material becomes the Roof

Bonus Section
1 Lecture 00:26
Bonus Lecture: Coupon Codes by Philip Viljoen
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I have been an Internet entrepreneur for the last 20 years. My main focus is on Embroidery Software Training plus some Self Improvement, YouTube Video Marketing and Web Development

Things I do and enjoy

  1. providing training in the embroidery software and digitizing industry
  2. develop sport related membership sites.
  3. and on the off chance I am involved in PHP programming and web development

Outside of work I am a published author on Amazon Kindle and Createspace. I enjoy my bush trips at least twice per year to clear my head.

I am also co-hosting some Bernina Software training course with my partner and wife Jacqui Viljoen at School of Digitizing where we both are instructors on the Bernina Software Series ver 5 - 8 and Embird Embroidery Software

My passion is sharing what I know with others and helping them to succeed as well.

I started earning a monthly income on Udemy in December of 2014

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I started my own company on 7 January 2005 and joined up with my partners and parents Philip and Jacqui Viljoen. I have been an entrepreneur for the last 10 years. My main focus is on 3D Rendering, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Youtube Video Marketing and the Embroidery Industry training service and support.

From My CV:

  • I have been training software in the embroidery and digitizing industry since 2007, with more than 14, 60 minute and longer video available.
  • I have been part of developed and renovations in real estate property .
  • I enjoy my bush trips at least twice per year to clear my head.
  • I am also co-hosting some course with my partners Philip and Jacqui Viljoen who is the instructor on the Bernina Software Series

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