They just keep on coming…

5 Feb

Anyone with a pulse knows that we here at RR, we love ISBUs.

These big metal boxes come to America carrying goods that support our nation (one way or the other…) and then…

… they stack them up in piles that reach the sky.

Ever see them arriving? It’s just staggering how large the ships that bring them in, actually are.

Take a look;

RR Avatar Now consider how many vessels at any given time are transporting ISBUs all over the planet. The list is just mind boggling. And because of the trade deficits, so are those stacks, in the ports they arrive in, as they are off-loaded.

 http://www.maerskline.com/en-us/social/vessel-overview

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3 Responses to “They just keep on coming…”

  1. Herb Bennett February 5, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    There must be an approach from various perspectives that reflect waste, the needs and opportunities with ISBUs globally. From a conservation, environmental awareness position and real concern for creating critically needed homes a global initiative must be created to
    PRICK the consciousness of the powers that be, their policy makers, private interests, banking, economic and financial cabal into supporting a strategy for a higher and better use of this product. There is a natural loop starting with the manufacturers, the shippers, the port authorities, technical building professions to see this become a viable and sensible environmental security for a more responsible development sector or market to be created to fulfill the needs of all parties in the loop who can and will profit from a collaboration of human consciousness and environmental responsibility. It starts by Creating a global entity to be the watchdog group for ISBU Conservation and Creative Alternative Applications (ISBU-CCAA). All the players in the loop from manufacturers to builders must participate in this initiative. They naturally will want to be rewarded. The cost of producing the ISBU could be underwritten by the governments under some ACT for economic development and job creation taking into account all of the environmental credits that can acquire and trade with similar to the carbon foot print model hopefully of conservation and human health. Wrapping true human needs into this process will incentivize it. This ISBU/ Environmental Security credit is the key. It’s a form of currency onto itself that all in the loop can trade with. In addition to this the cost of materials all along the loop is being paid for and offset by the strategy making it profitable so that by the time the recycling is needed everyone in the loop has benefitted and the cost of the unit to the builders and developers is nominal. Demonstrating the quality of the end product is a no-brainer. The quality of the ISBU Architecture is excellent. The manufacturers can have tie in with buildings. The local communities where these stacks are are encouraged to find as many applications for using the ISBU materials and technologies. Manufacturing and Design solutions are given tax breaks and tax credits for using ISBUs. It’s unfortunate that it’s when the greed factor is satisfied that creativity can present itself for consideration. Herb Bennett

    • Renaissance Ronin February 5, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

      Okay. Who then pays for all this added administration? I’ll tell you who. The same families that are struggling under the yoke of this economy that wish to repurpose these boxes to allow themselves to break the shackles of banks and big mortgages.

      I’ve heard this “idea” time and time again over the last twenty years. It gets respun over and over as “those with empty hands” seek to save us from ourselves, while they fill their paws with profits. ALL it does is position more players in the stream (most of whom will NEVER touch your boxes) to reap profit off the transactions that get these boxes into the hands of families and entrepreneurs.

      IMHO – all that needs to happen is a documented series of chain calculations that certify boxes as adhering to the “Universal Building Codes” (UBC) that are being embraced state to state.

      We already know that these ISBU buildings work. There are THOUSANDS of them (representing millions of square feet), globally.

      To those who want “trade associations and more administration”, I say this;

      Get the hell out of the way and let entrepreneurs build the bridges. The private sector has proven time and again that they are far more qualified to create and evolve, than “organizations and associations” that serve no purpose than to line the pockets of those in the corner offices that run them.

      They don’t need this “interference or involvement” in Europe or Asia, where ISBU building thrives. WHY then, do we need it HERE?

      I have on-going projects on five continents (North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia) right now and it’s only here in the USA where we have so many “obstacles”. It’s not because we’re building “substandard or unsafe buildings” here or elsewhere. It’s simply about profit. You can thank politicians, lobbies, boot-dragging inspectors and profiteers for that.

      To those of you who promote these collections of corporate bureaucrats and “watchdog associations”…

      I for one will fight you every step of the way.

  2. Richard Keirin February 7, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    I don’t think that it’s possible to get to the point where the cost of the unit to the builders and developers is nominal. There is already strong market branch evolving in the area of container housing and everyone has just a little bit different approach. And yes, some of them are aiming for more profit than others. There are certain stimuli that I see in the whole process. I don’t see why Maerck itself couldn’t get involved even more and thus entering the market. Such move could possibly put pressure on other parties and make the whole process more direct with more down to earth pricing.

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