Eco-Pak isn’t about produce or Walmart…

2 Jul

Contrary to popular folklore;

RenaissanceRonin is NOT just about what WE do.

While some (including my own mother) believed me to be an ego-driven eccentric…

We really like to expose readers to other ISBU teams that are headed “down the right path”.

It ain’t about US, people. It’s about the BOXES. :)

Every once in a while we see something and mutter to ourselves; “THEY get it.”

So, while we’re not “recommending them” (due simply to the fact that we don’t KNOW them personally) we see the merit in their work and think it’s something worth looking at. It let’s you get a glimpse of what CAN be done, using ISBUs and creativity, balanced by a good portion of “common sense”.

We started doing this back in the day… by showing you what innovators like Adam Kalkin were up to.Our opinion of Adam hasn’t changed much after all these years…  He’s a rascal, but he’s a smart rascal! :)

So, that said, I give you “Eco-Pak” via “GizMag”.


This isn’t a lot different than the modular steel racks we built in the desert, long ago, to SLIDE ISBU CABINS INTO. Topped by a SSMR (Standing Seam Metal Roof) and adorned with some PVs (photovoltaic Panels) and Solar panels, you have a really high speed series of homes that can be built with basic hand tools (once you fab your “cabin” boxes, obviously). Like these guys, we used the containers themselves to transport the structural members to site and then we incorporated them into the building project.

It’s a no-brainer.

One of the benefits is that this method of construction allows you to build in phases as time and money allow. After all, your supporting structure is already in place! :)

When WE did it (more than once), we referred to it as a “Corten Skyscraper”…

Years later, these guys call it “Eco-Pak” and they took our cursing and stumbling around in the wilderness and evolved it into a REALLY nice package.  


That said, here we go;

“Eco-Pak” expands on shipping container houses
By Darren Quick

Thanks to their size, strength and ease of transport, shipping containers have been embraced by architects who have turned them into everything from restaurants and off-grid homes, to school classrooms and modular, portable hotels. The “Eco-Pak” home doesn’t just renovate the inside of a shipping container, but uses a shipping container as an integral part of a larger building, with all the structural components contained within it so it can be delivered just about anywhere in one convenient package.


The “Eco-Pak” home is the brainchild of aircraft structural engineer James Green of Building Container LLC, who was recently granted a U.S. patent for the concept, with international patents also pending. He teamed with Seattle-based architect Matthew Coates to make his vision of a transportable, eco-friendly, low cost, structurally sound container home a reality after being tasked with designing and building a home in remote Turkey without using a conventional concrete foundation.

His idea was to include extended framework transported within the container to form the structure of the house. The original prototype was completed in Turkey using basic tools and equipment, and the team has now developed a method for producing the extended framework using automated machinery based on 2D computer drawings and 3D models.

You can read more about this project, HERE.

Think about this.

Take some scrap steel (available nationally) and then build a skeletal structure to house your ISBU boxes. THEN, integrate the ISBUs (DO NOT forget to utilize those twistlocks) into that exoskeleton and then dress it up using the facade of your choice.

Consider that by using steel as a frame and setting your boxes up off the ground, your foundation impact is vastly reduced (as is your foundation cost). Consider also that by lifting those boxes up off the ground, you get access to systems and services as well as creating a buffer against heavy weather (snow, etc…).

Talk about durable, high speed housing…

Did I forget to mention affordable? Hmmm?

Till next time…

Image Credits go to: Copyright holders (see images) and GizMag – naturally.

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