The Comparison of Container House and Prefabricated House
Folding Container House, Flat Pack Container House, Detachable Container House and Expandable Container House are collectively referred to as Container Houses. K house and T house belong to the category of Prefabricated houses, or Prefab House.
Although it`s well-known in Prefabricated House industry that, Prefab Houses & Container Houses are much faster, reusable & recyclable, less construction waste comparing to traditional buildings using bricks, woods or concretes. But what differences lies between them two?
Container House and Prefabricated House can be compared from three aspects, which are structure comparison, cost comparison and mobility comparison.
Firstly, focusing on the structure of container house and prefabricated house, container house is a modularized product; And prefabricated houses are more of a structure based on Assembly & Attach mechanisms.
Secondly, some differences between container house and prefabricated house lies in the cost. Costs can be divided into material costs, labor costs, environmental costs, transportation costs, storage costs, and reusability.
In terms of the material cost, the material cost of container house is generally HIGHER than that of prefabricated house.
In terms of the labor cost, in most cases, the labor cost of prefabricated house is HIGHER than that of container house.
In terms of environmental cost, the prefabricated house must have a cement foundation. However, for the container house, in addition to the case of multi-layer container house, the single-layer container house does NOT need to have a cement foundation.
In terms of transportation cost, the transportation cost per unit area of container house is higher than that of prefabricated house.
In terms of storage cost, because the materials and components of the prefabricated house are more complex and diverse, and the materials of the container house can be used to a higher degree; Therefore, the storage capacity of container house is higher than that of prefabricated house.
As far as the reusability is concerned, the reusability of container house is higher than that of prefabricated house. To be specifically, according to the structure of various container houses, the reusability of various container houses from high to low order is: folding container house > expandable container house > flat pack container house > detachable container house; However, the welded container cannot be disassembled after the welding is completed, and can only be stacked.
Labor Cost/Construction Cost
Finally, there are differences in mobility between container house and prefabricated house. The prefabricated house is difficult to transfer after the installation is completed; Because of the modular characteristics of the container house, even after the device is completed, it can be transferred by using a crane; Therefore, the mobility of container house is higher than that of prefabricated house.
What the container house and the prefabricated house have in common:
Both the container house and the prefabricated house belong to light steel structure, and there is little difference in the wind and seismic performance between them. At the same time, the service life of the two is similar. In addition, compared with the traditional cement house construction, the container house and the prefabricated house can be installed more quickly and the construction period is shorter.