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Building Codes: Make Sure You Follow Them

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If you look around, you will see that shipping containers are being recycled in many parts of the world and turned into housing or other structures. To some people, this is a very appealing prospect, and the building costs of making a structure out of these corrugated steel rectangles tends to be significantly cheaper than when building with conventional materials. It is important though that whatever structure you create, it should adhere to all of the local building codes and is deemed fit for habitation. If you do not do this, you may find that you will have to take down any structure that you have erected.

Before you start to look for shipping containers for sale, you will need to start off by doing some research, and see what regulations you will need to meet.

Research Shipping Container Homes

The first thing you will need to do is to contact your local council, or take a look at their website. You may find that the different states in Australia have slight differences in building codes. Take note these codes are similar at first glance. Shipping containers come under the Building Regulations 2006, which classes a shipping container the same as a garden shed. What this means is that the shipping container is classed as a temporary structure even though you may be using it on a permanent basis for habitation.

Before you start looking for your shipping containers for sale, you will need to finalise your design and apply for development approval for building work from your local council. The process is straightforward, and once you have this approval, you can start sourcing your shipping containers and have all of the materials required to build your new home delivered.

Building your Dream Home from Shipping Containers

When you have received your approval to build and have sourced your shipping containers, you can now get on with the job of building your new home. You will want to be comfortable in your new home, so you will need to add all of the amenities that you require to live comfortably just as you would have in a conventional style of home.

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  • Water
  • Power
  • Insulation
  • Sound Proofing
  • Windows Doors

Getting your utilities hooked up should not be much of a problem unless you are building in an extremely remote area. If you do live in a remote area, you may wish to look at other options such as solar power (You can place your solar panels on the roof of your home, which will also help to keep your house in the shade and keep it cooler) and drilling a well for your freshwater supply.

Make sure that your shipping containers are well insulated to retain ambient warmth. You will also need to make sure that there is adequate ventilation and air conditioning in order to keep the interior cool. You can also install UPVC windows and doors, which will help to insulate your home from drafts; these windows keep cool air inside and also help to soundproof your home.

All the regulations that your home needs to be built to are readily available from your council, so you can make sure that everything is built to code. Your local inspector may inspect your project as it is being built during the various different stages to make sure everything is as it should be.

Recycling shipping containers is a great way to save money and build a unique home for yourself; just make sure you follow the law in doing so.