FAQs

Q?What are the Container Dimensions and Weights?

A. Icon Buildings only utilises the 20FT & 40 FT Hi Cube containers to maximise the internal length,width and ceiling height.
Refer to the Royal Wolf link below which details the Container Specifications :
http://www.royalwolf.co.nz/pdfs/RoyalWolf20and40StorageBrochure.pdf

Q?What are the risks of using cheaper/older containers as buildings?
A. This is not advisable, we recommend that NZ new or good condition secondhand containers be used in any building structures that you expect to have a minimum 20 year or more lifespan
Be aware that older containers may be poor condition and it is advisable to visually inspect prior to purchase .
- knowing the containers service history /age is important ( 5,10,15 years)
-often unprotected steel floor joists are rusted beyond repair and need partial/total replacement , including the ply floor panels
- roof panel and wall panel damage may have fractures/pinhole penetrations ( replacement of sections may be necessary)
- often complete sandblast, primer and topcoat paint application is required to the complete container to achieve an extended life.
*The costs of this work may exceed the cost of a new /good secondhand container price.
Q?Is Container roof, wall & floor thermal insulation lining necessary?
A. This is essential, without insulation the buildings will be intolerably hot in summer and exceedingly cold in winter.
Internal container summer temperatures can get up to 45-60 degrees
Internal container winter temperatures can get down to 0- -10 degrees

(Temperature varies dependent on specific location.)

NZ Building Code requires that all buildings meet minimum insulation standards.( Icon exceeds these minimum requirements).

Be aware that there are poor/inappropriate insulation practices occurring in current container fitouts. This is likely to cause excessive condensation to internal container walls.
Often no insulation/steel joist protection is fitted to the Container floor
Q?Can large openings be cut anywhere in the container?
A. Yes they can but all openings will require strengthening and re engineering to ensure structural stability is maintained.
New steel frames need to be welded around the openings/penetrations
Without this strengthening, conventional lifting and transportation by container vehicle may not be possible.