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Many business opportunities have been created from the ISBU Shipping Container trend which has been developing
the past couple of years.  Here are a few that my husband and I see the most as we do our researching and talk to
people who have an interest in Shipping Containers, Eco-Green technologies, and Prefab construction.

This trend is much bigger than you might expect and is applicable to virtually every household unless you live in an
apartment. If you do live in an apartment, you will hopefully have the opportunity to rent or buy an apartment constructed
of Shipping Containers.  They are simply quieter, roomy, solid, and very safe.

I will refer to Shipping Containers using their shorter true name when used for construction: ISBU

 - ISBU Sales
   buy and sell shipping containers just as you would cars or homes

 - ISBU Modification
   very easy if you are a welder or building contractor. Until you really try cutting with a Plasma Cutter you will never
   comprehend how easy it is to cut out a window, door or wall.  There is very big demand for this.

 - ISBU Designer or Architect
   people need to see more design options. Not just the one unit cabin type, but 2, 4, 6, and 8 unit designs that can 
   be skinned with stucco, a pitched roof, and become real homes.  Your designs will sell quickly.

 - ISBU Home Mortgages
   although most people pay cash or pay as you go, especially for single unit homes, most people are a little afraid
   to try and build a larger home because it seems too unconventional. Well, it really isn't. Your frame is simple steel; and
   even better, it is a long life sustainable frame that Bankers and Lenders will have confidence in.  It will hold up through
   termites, mold, winds, tornados, hurricanes and even earthquakes.  An ISBU shipping container home mortgage is
   much better lending risk than even a conventional home.

 - Prefab ISBU Modules
   there is a big demand for the ISBU modules with the ends cut out, primered and ready to modify. The bigger demand
   is for the 20HQ and 40HQ because they have the extra one foot (1') ceiling space for heating-air conditioning, pipes,
   cables, and insulation.  This means the Shipping Container home can have all these normal ducts and wires, then
   also remain a true 8 foot ceiling.  These units are the biggest demand for housing.

   The standard 20GP and 40GP are best used for storage units or simple one unit Shipping Container homes.  I should
   note. 40HQ are fairly common, however 20HQ must usually come from the factories in China. It's not really that difficult
   to buy 3 or 4 direct and delivered right to you by truck.

 - ISBU Distributor-Importer
   although there are huge stores of Shipping Containers in the U.S. and other countries, we talk to many builders, and
   companies who just want to buy their units HQ size and cut as they want at the factory, new and delivered to them from
   the factory. This also is a very growing trend and I was surprised to find such a big demand for this.  Most projects
   that require from 4 to 100 units are ordered directly from the Shipping Container factories in China. I have confirmed 
   that with several developers including the Travelodge Corporation, and the GM at the ISBU Association.

 - ISBU Building Consultants
   people are willing to pay for your services and expertise before and during the planning of a project. Few people have
   this hands on experience. Consult to government agencies, planning departments, architects, building contractors
   and consumers.

 - Insulation Dealers
   the new insulations, especially the Ceramic Insulation has created a great demand for people to sell and apply this.
   It is quite simple, especially if you have any painting experience. The factories can often tell you any technical details
   in the preparation and application if you have some basic knowledge and common sense. 
  
   This is a huge market and applies to any type home or building, not just ISBU homes.

 - Green Roof Design & Installation
   Another growing trend is the Green Roof concept. This adds a water-proof membrane then soil and litterall a roof top
   garden or grass. The trend makes use of virtually unused space; adds incredible insulation; then also cleans the air.
   However, most buildings cannot withstand the 135 lbs/sq. foot of added weight.  The incredible strength of an ISBU
   module can easily withstand 1000 lbs/sq. foot, and even 300 lbs/sq. foot with sides cut out and with other structural 
   modifications. This means ISBU shipping container modules are the most sustainable home and office construction
   base for multiple reasons. See ISBU Association for detailed information on Green Roofs.

 - Solar Dealers and Installers
   Solar Panels are not future-they are here, and have been here for many years.  They work and are very effective and
   easily installed especially if you are a building contractor with any basic electrical knowledge. The prices have come
   down dramatically in the past two year and their life expectancy has gone up.  Learn how to connect to storage batteries,
   install properly and you will soon have a waiting list of customers.

 - Wind Energy
   also quite simple for smaller projects, but you must make sure you have wind to support it. China has made these
   units very dependable and affordable. (then keep the shipping container when they arrive)

 - Bio-Energy
   is a bit more complicated but certainly this equipment and interest is on the rise.

 - Eco Lighting
   if you haven't seen or used the new LED bulbs and lighting then you are way behind. This is moving fast and is still not
   a retail store product. The life span is incredible and the long term cost savings is beyond any other type lighting. These
   are available now in most sizes and bulb shapes, need no ballasts, and are also available in Grow Light and also
   the very high tech Greenhouse type.  These are the types being used in Sunless Greenhouses underground. Very easy
   to use and understand.

 - Greenhouses
   more and more people are becoming interested in their own greenhouse or integrated greenhouse-atrium-home.
   The new LED lighting allows full spectrum UV and is extremely simple to use, sell, and install. The greenhouses,
   lights, and equipment is in demand now more than ever before. It's just an indoor garden and the type people who
   want ISBU construction; Insulating Paint; or even solar are the type people who also want their own greenhouse.

   Information Credits: Most of my information on these subjects is from the ISBU Association