SG Blocks Rolling Out Safe, Green Building System

Fort Bragg Container Home

Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of discussing the phenomenon of container housing with David Cross, Chief Business Development Officer for SG Blocks LLC.  SG Blocks, short for Safe and Green, is a sustainable building system made from containers.  Going beyond the trendy fascination with exposed container architecture design–modern, industrial, and extremely good looking, in my opinion, SG Blocks intends to use containers as a fundamental component to building construction.  A container home doesn’t necessarily have to look like a container home (that’s up to you), but it can have all the same advantages: comfortable, strong, green, and affordable.   

The home you see above is an example of container modules being used on a traditional home as a framing system.  From the outside or inside, you’re not going to know that it was built with container modules.  The cost of framing a home built with SG Blocks is about $22-30 psf, which is roughly comparable to other forms of construction.  BUT did you know that recycling containers into steel beams takes nearly 8,000 kW of energy at a cost of roughly $800?  Rather, it takes about 400 kW of energy to turn containers into a home.  At about 5% of the energy when compared to straight recycling, that’s not bad.  And right now, SG Blocks is in the process of rolling out their building system nationally.

SG Blocks Building System

David Cross’s company has received significant press coverage from the likes of Bob Villa, the Charleston Regional Business Journal, and NBC Nightly News.  I have a feeling the news coverage will escalate and we’ll see a good number of projects from them in the future.

SG Blocks Building System

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  • http://www.businessideas.ro john biggs

    interesting system. not sure how the seismic design works if you remove sections of the container floors/ceilings/walls, etc, or how the thermal design works, but looks like an interesting and fast system.

  • http://www.buildinggreentv.com maxmsf

    I’m a fan. I personally like the container look, but not everyone does. From the outside, you would never know that there’s a container inside the structure.

  • BAR

    this looks like a great system… SGBLOCKS using recycled shipping containers for building feels like it has some real potential to make a difference in the green building movement.

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