Thursday, March 4, 2010
I recently got a question about amending a local building code to allow for use of steel shipping containers as a building material. The local code discourages the use of "modular" materials, and the questioner wanted to know how to make a special allowance for containers (as a kind of ecological exemption). I consulted my (very) local architect about this and he and I came down on the same page about it - why not allow modular? There's some pretty cool modular stuff out there, far better than the stereotypical modular homes of old. Then he (okay, I'll admit it, he's my husband) sent me this interesting article from The Washington Post about modular mansions being built in Maryland. I'm a big fan of on-site, stick built homes, but if you can't tell the difference, why not go for something that's quicker and more environmentally friendly?