ISBU’s (Shipping Containers)

ISBU stands for Intermodal Steel Building Unit

Several years ago a good friend of mine told me he wanted to build a home out of shipping containers. After chuckling for a minute, I began to wonder if it could be done. I soon discovered Renaissance Ronin, an expert in the field and have been a big fan for several years now. You can certainly learn a lot from his blog, books and ranting. I’ve been fascinated by this idea ever since.

If this concept for construction is even remotely intriguing to you, then let your imagination and some Web research show you what you can do with these alternative building blocks. I personally don’t believe they are as plentiful as most people think, but since we import far more than we export there will always be a surplus. Here at Cozy Homes this is on top of the list to explore and share with you.

Shipping Container Dimensions

To first appreciate the versatility of something it helps to know the sizes.

20′ Standard Freight Container

Maximum Gross Weight: 67,200 lbs.
Tare Weight: 4,850 lbs.
Payload: 62,350 lbs.
Capacity: 1,164 cu. ft.

Internal Dimensions
Length: 19′- 2″
Width: 7′- 6″
Height: 7′- 8″

External Dimensions
Length: 19′- 10″
Width: 8′
Height: 8′- 6″

Door Opening
Width: 7′- 6″
Height: 7′- 4″

40′ Standard Freight Container

Maximum Gross Weight: 67,200 lbs.
Tare Weight: 7,782 lbs.
Payload: 59,417 lbs.
Capacity: 2,376 cu. ft.

Internal Dimensions
Length: 39′- 1″
Width: 7′- 6″
Height: 7′- 8″

External Dimensions
Length: 40′
Width: 8′
Height: 8′- 6″

Door Opening
Width: 7′- 6″
Height: 7′- 4″

40′ High Cube Container

Maximum Gross Weight: 67,200 lbs.
Tare Weight: 8,223 lbs.
Payload: 58,976 lbs.

Internal Dimensions
Length: 39′- 1″
Width: 7′- 6″
Height: 8′- 7″

External Dimensions
Length: 40′
Width: 8′
Height: 9′- 6″

Door Opening
Width: 7′- 6″
Height: 8′- 4″

45′ High Cube Dry Container

Maximum Gross Weight: 71,656 lbs.
Tare Weight: 10,449 lbs.
Payload: 61,200 lbs.
Capacity: 3,037 cu. ft.

Internal Dimensions
Length: 44′- 6″
Width: 7′- 6″
Height: 8′- 10″

External Dimensions
Length: 45′
Width: 8′
Height: 9′- 6″

Door Opening
Width: 7′- 6″
Height: 8′- 4″

48′ High Cube Container

Maximum Gross Weight: 71,656 lbs.
Tare Weight: 10,865 lbs.
Payload: 56,350 lbs.
Capacity: 3,489 cu. ft.

Internal Dimensions
Length: 47′- 6″
Width: 8′- 3″
Height: 8′- 11″

External Dimensions
Length: 48′
Width: 8′- 6”
Height: 9′- 6.5″

Door Opening
Width: 8′- 2″
Height: 8′- 10″

53′ High Cube Container

Maximum Gross Weight: 71,656 lbs.
Tare Weight: 10,449 lbs.
Payload: 61,200 lbs.
Capacity: 3,835 cu. ft.

Internal Dimensions
Length: 52′- 6″
Width: 8′- 2″
Height: 8′- 10.5″

External Dimensions
Length: 53′
Width: 8′- 6”
Height: 9′- 6″

Door Opening
Width: 8′- 2″
Height: 8′- 6″