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  1. 1. Container Habitatsexploring housing alternatives using retired intermodal containers P.O. BOX 1502  MONTCLAIR, NJ 07042-9998 877.317.7275  973.746.1076 
  2. 2. Table of ContentsIntermodal Container Repositioning................................................................1Cycle of Container Handling .............................................................................3Factory-built Housing: Modular..........................................................................5Housing Demand: Domestic & International ............................................. 11Alternative Use for Intermodal Containers: Habitats............................... 15Create the Prototype........................................................................................ 18A Sea of Boxes..................................................................................................... 19Housing the Earth’s People.............................................................................. 20Building the Homes of the 21st Century in Factories ................................. 22Affordability.......................................................................................................... 23Building Systems .................................................................................................. 23Containers ............................................................................................................ 24Demand................................................................................................................ 24Design .................................................................................................................... 25Annualized Estimates............................................................................................1Market Potential Indicators for Emerging Markets – 2004..........................2 2
  3. 3. Chapter 1Background Intermodal Container Repositioning It is estimated that the global container population is approaching 16m TEU, with a projected rate of growth of 8.5% per year for the next 10 years, and there are approximately 2.5+m TEU empty boxes currently sitting idle in yards and depots around the world.In the eyes of port operators, shippers and carries, the number of empty boxes sitting at theterminal should ideally be nil or very few. Given the fact that empty boxes have to gosomewhere, storage and repair depots represent an essential ingredient in containerization.Storing containers is land-intensive, suffers from poor environmental credentials in terms ofunsightly piles of containers, noise and road vehicle traffic and it never is a business place withhigh levels of profitability. As ports have expanded and residential areas behind the portshave gobbled up more land for housing, storing empty containers is becoming anincreasingly serious problem all around the world, requiring special attention.According to a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection study of Brownfields,“Container mountains” have become a prominent feature of the port district skyline. Theseare the stacks of hundreds of empty containers, up to seven high, which have been createdon large swaths of land near the port. This study estimates that 400 acres are now devoted tolong-term storage of containers.Terminal operators have contracted with third parties to move the empties from the terminalareas to offsite storage locations. The practice has provoked opposition from communities,which find themselves home to huge, ugly stacks of metal that dominate the landscape andfill properties that otherwise might be redeveloped for more productive uses. Not surprisingly,the mountains have strengthened local opposition to any and all freight relateddevelopment, which officials fear will only attract more trucks and more containers storage. Inthe case of new Jersey, the NJDEP project team found evidence that the continuing build upof empty containers at the port was indeed crowding out other types of development.Because of the growing demand for land, container companies can offer property ownersan immediate revenue stream, leaving the owners free to sell or redevelop their properties ata future date if more lucrative offers arise.
  4. 4. This container storage leaves the land undeveloped for higher economic uses that wouldbenefit the local community and region. For instance, one property owner was offered $3,000per acre per month for a 10-year lease on 13 acres. The site is in a prime location where adeveloper has offered to build a 330,000- square-foot warehouse, pending environmentalclearance to proceed. For the landowner, a 10-year revenue stream is an attractiveproposition compared to continuing to deal with the onerous requirements of site clean up.However, it means that needed redevelopment of properties is being stymied, removing thepotential for jobs and tax ratables. It also has made the entire port districts less attractive tosome developers who are wary of having such mountains as long-term neighbors. While somecontainer storage in and around ports is inevitable, the current levels of storage appearsharmful to prospects for realizing and sustaining increased trade.The current global imbalance of trade is reflected by the following charts:Source: UNCTAD, Review of Maritime Transport.Containerized Cargo Flows along Major Trade Routes, 2000-2003 (in millions of TEUs)Container flows are quite representative of global trade imbalances. For instance there are 2.5times as much containers moving from Asia to the United States (10.2 million TEUs in 2003) thanthere are from the United States to Asia 2
  5. 5. In 1,000 TEU’s, Source: UNCTAD, Review of Maritime Transport,US Containerized Trade with Asia, 1996-2003The trade balance of the United States with several countries of the Pacific is chronicallyimbalanced, notably with China. This trend has implications on the movements of containers aswell as on transport costs. As of 2003, the ratio was 2.48 TEUs moving east for each TEU moving west(this figure was 1.19 to 1 in 1996 and 1.73 in 2000). The Asian crisis exacerbated imbalances intranspacific containerized shipping, mostly due to currency fluctuations. In addition, the costs ofmoving a container from East Asia to the United States have been reduced by 50% during the1990s, but due to trade imbalances Asian exporters pay on average 50% more in containershipping costs than their American counterparts.Cycle of Container HandlingEmpty container trips occur for various reasons, including conditions of business agreementsbetween shippers/consignees and the ocean carriers (who are generally the owner orsupplier of shipping containers) that require all containers to be picked up and returned tocontainer yards (CY) at the carrier’s terminal, regardless of whether they are loaded orempty. Basically, for inbound and outbound cargo, loaded containers are picked up bytrucking companies from the carrier’s terminal and are delivered to the consignee forunloading.They are then returned to the carrier’s terminal, usually by the same trucking company. Thesame practice is in place for outbound cargo. Trucking companies pick up empty containersrequired by an exporter from a carrier’s terminal and deliver these empty containers to theexporter for loading. After a container has been loaded, a trucking company will transportthe loaded container to the carrier’s terminal where it will be stacked at the pier prior toloading on to a container ship. It is clear that, in the case of both export and import cargo, atleast two-thirds of the required truck trips involve empty container movements, either forempty pickup or empty return.For port operators, empty container problems will worsen as terminal land availability growsscarce. Empty containers are often allowed a longer dwell time at marine terminals(anywhere from 14 to 50 days), and the current practice of local terminal operators is to storecontainers, especially imports, on a wheeled chassis instead of in grounded stacks ofcontainers, as is the common practice of terminals in Asia and Europe. 3
  6. 6. According to the Gateway Cities study (Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles region), “empty containers move back and forth because, at present, there is no alternative.”The current practice—the manner in which empty containers are distributed and re-located—has developed over the past few decades along with the growth of internationaltrade and containerization, and as an integral part of a competitive market environment thathas encouraged ocean carriers to search for all possible solutions to reduce such non-revenue generating activities as repositioning empty containers.The reuse of empty containers for local export is considered to be a potential solution forrationalizing the movement of empty containers and thereby reducing unnecessary emptytrips. Reuse of empty containers is the direct reuse of import empty containers for local exportcargo without an intermediate return of the empty to the marine terminal.However, the current practice that requires all empty import containers to return to marineterminals whether empty or loaded is inefficient. There are number of practical reasons for thispractice. Firstly, all carriers have their own container yard located at the terminal, making itimpractical for them to duplicate operating costs for facilities and personnel at inlandcontainer depots.Building more inland depots involves greater investments in capital and operating funds, andadditionally, it creates a more complicated system for controlling their inventory operation.Secondly, except for leased containers, which can be off-hired in the local region when notneeded, to keep an adequate supply of containers for their operations worldwide, the samenumber of containers brought into the U.S. must be relocated back to Asia, regardless of theirbeing empty or loaded.Due to the relative lack of local export cargo, most import containers are shipped backempty. Thus, it is better off for carriers to have these containers returned to marine terminals fortheir earliest possible repositioning to the area of relative shortage. On the other hand, withleased containers, there are number of designated locations established by container leasingcompanies to receive off-hired containers. In current practice, off-hired empty containermovements are often more flexible than those of carrier-owned empty containers. 4
  7. 7. Factory-built Housing: Modular By 2010, home design and construction is efficient, predictable, and controllable with a median cycle time of 20 working days from groundbreaking to occupancy with resulting cost savings that make homeownership available to 90 percent of the population. This will be achieved through improving the whole house design and the manner in which a house is constructed using new and innovative products, systems, and processes.ABOUT THE MANUFACTURED HOME INDUSTRYNew homes can be and often are built partly or almost entirely in factories rather than on site.Factory construction offers many opportunities for economizing and increasing efficiency inthe production process modeled after experience gained in other industrialized sectors of theeconomy.Production of new homes in a factory differs in many important ways from construction ofhomes on site, and general opportunities for efficiency exist in this centralized, controlledenvironment compared to construction on scattered sites. For example, factories built in low-cost areas where prevailing wage rates are lower can achieve a competitive advantage byselling finished products into markets where the wage rates for similar work performed on sitewould be much higher.These savings are attractive to the extent they outweigh the costs of transportation andinstallation that are unique to factory-built housing. In addition, capital investment for plantand specialized equipment used in assembly-line operations shifts the mix of labor and capitalinputs and raises labor productivity. Unskilled, less expensive labor can be used moreeffectively when production takes place on an assembly line and can be organized intosimple, repetitive operations. Workers in the plant are generally employees of the firm, notsubcontractors, and as such can be scheduled, managed, trained and deployed by a singleauthority in the interests of productivity and efficiency.These factors, which characterize both HUD-Code and modular home production, differgreatly from the institutional contracting and subcontracting arrangements that characterizeconventional site-built homes and home building firms. Industry sources report that the laborcontent of HUD-Code homes typically ranges from 8 - 12%of total cost, compared to totallabor costs for site-built homes which have been estimated to constitute 40% or more of totalcost. Of course, to some degree a smaller labor share will be offset by higher costs of capitalfor any firm with investment in fixed production facilities, but the successes of industrializationthroughout the economy are powerful evidence of the opportunities to reduce productioncost by substituting capital for labor. 5
  8. 8. Modular Home Manufacturers (7%)There are about 200 modular home manufacturers that make assembled sections of housinginside factories. Most modular units are made in complete, box like sections, and multiple-section units and stack-on units are common. Modulars are the strongest of all frame homesbuilt, and are 95% complete when they leave the factory. They are sold direct or throughlocal builders or builder/dealers. During 2004 about 206,000 modular homes and apartmentswere sold.HUD-Code (Mobile) Home (5%)Ever since the passage in 1976 of the U. S. Department of Housing & Urban DevelopmentManufactured Home Construction & Safety Standards (HUD-Code), exterior frameconstruction of mobile units has been on par with site-built homes, and HUD-Code homes arenow generally safer dwellings. HUD-Code homes are made by approximately 90 companiesoperating about 350 factories using techniques similar to modular methods but with generallylighter construction and always with a metal chassis as part of the floor system. It is believedthat double-section HUD-Code homes which look like site-built homes will account for mostlow-cost housing in the future. HUD-Code homes are sold through dealers on display lots orfrom model homes in subdivisions. In 2004 about 140,000 HUD-Code homes were sold, andover half of those were double or multi-section units.Production Builders (44%)These companies usually build single-family homes and low-rise apartment buildings insubdivisions near major metropolitan centers. More than 95% of the nations 7,000 largeproduction builders use factory-fabricated roof trusses. Use of other factory-madecomponents, such as floor trusses and wall panels, is growing rapidly because of soaring sitelabor and construction loan costs. Some of the biggest production builders operate their owncomponent factories. However, all production builders sell their homes directly to end buyersrather than through builder/dealer networks, which distinguishes them from panelized homemanufacturers. In 2004, production builders sold about 1.254 million units.Panelized Home Manufacturers (44%)The panelized home manufacturers are the biggest and most diverse segment of U.S.housing. They include: 1) Hundreds of conventional panelizers who sell their packaged homesthrough builders and builder-dealers; 2) Log home builders, over 200 strong, who sell direct orthrough dealers; 3) The mass merchandiser chains and local lumber yards and home centerswho perform all functions of a package home producer; 4) Producers of dome homes andother alternative systems including light-gage steel, lightweight concrete, foam-core panels,foam blocks--plus component firms who cross over into package homes. In 2001 theestimated 3,500 panelizers collectively built about 1,254,000 units, equaling the productionbuilders.Special Unit ManufacturersSpecial unit manufacturers are in-plant builders of commercial structures of all types. There areabout 170 of these companies who build an average of about 1,665 structures per year. Theysell direct or through dealers and also lease their units. Their output, usually built to morestringent commercial building codes, includes classrooms, offices, banks, hospitals,construction offices, equipment shelters, restaurants, kiosks, jails, airport terminals, stripshopping centers, and dozens of other commercial buildings. This industry is growing fast as 6
  9. 9. owners and investors discover the speed, cost and quality advantages of specifying modularcommercial structures. It must be remembered that all the previously mentioned housingproducers also build commercial buildings. Total output of commercial structures by both in-plant special unit and housing companies was estimated at 283,000 units in 2004. GE ModularSpace is a major player in the sector.Mobile/Modular/Panelized DealersBuilders and dealers for HUD-Code (mobile) homes, modular homes and panelized homesaccount for sales of 56% of all housing. Sometimes called "builder-dealers" for modular andpanelized homes, they may sell for one or several manufacturers. Normally they sell homesonly in a given territory, and it is their responsibility to prepare the site, do foundation and utilitywork, and supervise completion work on the homes after delivery. Most HUD-Code homedealers sell units from display lots, mobile home communities or both. A growing trend amongHUD-Code home dealers is to sell models in conventional real estate subdivisions.THIS INDUSTRY IS GROWING SWIFTLY. From the late 1930s when modern industrialized housingcompanies started emerging in New England and the Midwest, HUD-Code, modular andpanelized home companies have grown to where they now produce 56% of all single-familyhomes and low-rise apartments. This does not count the industrialization of site-built homeswhere 95% use factory made roof trusses, and a rapidly growing number use pre-hung doors,floor trusses, wall panels and other components.WHY THE FAST GROWTH? Faster construction time, lower costs and better quality. While "stickbuilders" may need from six to 12 months or even more to build a house at a job site,industrialized builders need only one to three months to finish a componentized home, six toeight WEEKS to finish a panelized package home, and only one to three weeks to finish adouble- section HUD-Code or modular home! Speed means fewer material cost increasesand less or even no cost for construction loan money. Precision factory fabrication methodsalso deliver vastly better quality in construction.WHO BUYS THE PRODUCTS? Home builders or factory fabricators themselves. Independentresearch shows flooring brands are specified by 90% of production builders, 83% of panelizers,94% of modular manufacturers and 80% of HUD-Code manufacturers. Siding is specified by90% of production builders, 76% of panelizers, 91% of modular manufacturers, and 92% ofHUD-Code manufacturers. These figures are representative for ALL products going intohousing today.MODULAR BUILDING SYSTEMA modular home is the culmination of one type of building system. Modular homes actuallybegin as components; designed, engineered and assembled in the controlled environment.It is when these components come together on a building site and the final finish is completedby a builder, that the components become a home.Modular units are usually placed on conventional foundations, either crawlspaces or fullbasements, and are most commonly sold to builders representing customers with land or tothird-party builders who own scattered lots. The builders are typically responsible forexcavation, final grading, construction of a suitable foundation, and connection of utilities.Consequently, modular builders are subject to the same local regulation in these areas as site-builders. 7
  10. 10. Efficiency begins with modern factory assembly line techniques. A house travels toworkstations, with all the building trades represented. Work is never delayed by weather,subcontractor no-shows or missing material. Quality engineering and modular constructiontechniques significantly increase the energy efficiency of a modular home.Modular producers either provide a full line of services at the site as a so-called “turnkeyoperation,” or only provide a “rough-set” of site services. In the rough-set, the modularproducer provides a crane and its rough-set crew removes the units or boxes from the trailer,places them on the foundation, and seals the home so that it is weather-tight, while a builderdoes the finishing and the remaining site work (e.g., porch, deck, garage and landscaping).The turnkey producer, on the other hand, not only sets the unit but also does the finishingactivities at the site.Modular buildings that have already been inspected in-plant and certified according to stateregulations and procedures are usually issued permits for site work by local enforcementagencies after local review of floor plans, elevations, plans for site-built construction andinstallation, and installation instructions. Local or state code officials defer to in-plantinspections and approvals but are responsible for inspecting work performed on site todetermine whether it is in compliance with the applicable regulations.MODULAR COSTSThe calculated sales price of the modular home is approximately 90% of that for the site-builthome, primarily due to lower structure costs from prefabrication. The efficiencies of factoryproduction are counterbalanced by the desire for modular producers to do morecustomizations to compete in a more upscale market, and the necessity to meet therequirements of varied local codes.Construction costs include labor and materials for both the structure and the foundation. Forsite-built homes, all labor and materials are consumed on site. For factory-built homes, mostlabor and materials are consumed in the factory. Modular homes are 85 – 95% completewhen they leave the factory while manufactured homes are approximately 98% complete.Factory-incurred overhead costs are embedded in the structure costs or invoice price thatthe modular builder or manufactured home retailer pays to the producer.Profitability for modulars is slightly above the rate for site-built homes, consistent with the ideathat only some of the lower production cost will flow through into selling prices. To somedegree modular producers may set prices to “meet the competition” and translate lowerproduction cost into higher margins. Finally, inasmuch as profit represents economic return oninvested capital, persistent differences in profitability across sectors of the industry can beexpected to the degree that capitalization requirements and capital/output ratios varybetween sectors.All builders incur financing costs, but they are lower for modular and manufactured homescompared with site-built homes. Site-built homes can take three months or more to build andthe builder’s carrying costs during this period can be substantial. Manufactured homeproducers, on the other hand, typically build units on direct order from the retailer in aboutfive days. As a result, the financing cost of operation and inventory is minimal for theproducer, and much of the cost of inventory is shifted to the retailer. The cost of the retailerinventory of models used to sell homes is financed by banks through “floor financing,”typically at 2% above prime, which is less expensive than construction loan financing for sitebuilders. 8
  11. 11. Modular manufacturers are in a similar position to that of manufactured home producers, buttheir period of construction is slightly longer and more complex due to the amount ofcustomization and possible variation in local codes. Modular builders need fewer draws fromthe bank than site builders and are able to build a home over a shorter finance period,making it less expensive to borrow money for financing construction.MODULAR MULTIFAMILY BUILDINGSAlthough some might think that factory-built housing applies only to single-family homes, anumber of builders are realizing time, and sometimes cost, savings with modular apartments.Modular multiple dwellings are available as customized buildings that look like site-builtstructures, assembled in a factory while earthwork, foundations, and utilities are preparedonsite. The scale and repetition that characterizes many multifamily buildings lends itself to anautomated solution, especially in areas located near the factories. The controlled indoorenvironment and stable, experienced labor are conducive to assemblies with consistentquality, often at reasonable cost. Workers familiar with their product can more easily integrateunfamiliar materials and techniques with other trades working side-by-side. Also, the rapidbuilding cycle of modular construction can reduce or eliminate jobsite and theft.Modular multiple dwellings consist of box-like sections stacked vertically and horizontally witha crane. Each box is approximately 14 wide by 50 long (this varies considerably), one-storyhigh, and includes all partitions between a fully-framed floor and ceiling. Although companiesaccommodate various configurations, most are orders for side-by-side duplexes in two-storyattached townhouses. Other arrangements include townhouse flats, duplexes over flats, and"quads" with two flats over two flats. Less common are apartment buildings with sharedentrance halls.The numbers of modular multi-housing units, while still small, are growing. Multifamily projectsaccounted for 5 percent of the estimated 43,000 modular units shipped in 2004, said ThayerLong, assistant vice president of the Manufactured Housing Institutes National ModularCouncil. This market share has remained steady for several years, but its stability belies realgrowth in the overall number of units being made: 37,800 modular units were shipped in 2003,up from 35,000 in 2002.PROSPECTS FOR MODULAR HOUSINGThe nascent modular home building industry has the opportunity to garner an increasinglylarger share of new housing both domestically and internationally over the next severaldecades.The principal drivers will be the application and improvement of industrialization conceptsthat have been successfully used in other industries to the process of home building.A study performed by Virginia Tech for HUD, “Industrializing the Residential ConstructionSite” (O’Brien, Wakefield, and Beliveau, July 2000), provides an excellent overview ofwhat is going on in the home building industry in the United States and abroad, as well asmanufacturing concepts successfully used in other industries. Industrialization conceptsthat have worked in other industries and that currently may be in use by productionbuilders need to be considered. 9
  12. 12. Examples include: Just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing that includes effective supply chain management. Although the supply chain management that works well for GM is not applicable to individual small builders, several of those builders may form alliances to gain leverage. (Supply chain management is addressed in the Information Technology Roadmap.) Flexible, agile, lean production systems. Concurrent engineering and design for manufacturers that use various techniques and processes to enhance the manufacturability of the product. Manufacturing requirements planning (MRP), manufacturing resource planning (MRP II), and enterprise resource planning systems (ERP), which are processes that are enabled by information technology. Concurrent design, where communication among designers and the producers (construction foremen, site supervisors, trade contractors) can significantly improve the efficiency of production. Communication up the chain, from the people at the job site back to the designers and sales force, typically is inadequate at best. Time and space-based scheduling that facilitates keeping track of who is where, doing what, and when. This type of scheduling is especially appropriate for construction activities, as crews move among sites. 10
  13. 13. Housing Demand: Domestic & International “Affirm that, in the interest of affordable housing for the poor, it is necessary to promote cooperation among countries in order to popularise the use of adequate low-cost and sustainable building materials and appropriate technology for the construction of adequate low-cost housing and services within the reach of the poor.” The UN Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New MillenniumDOMESTICThe Commerce Department said that construction was started on new homes in February atan annualized rate of 2.2 million units. That was 15.8% higher than a year earlier and the fastestpace of residential construction starts in 21 years. Starts for single-family homes, the largestcomponent of residential housing, reached an annual rate of 1.78 million units, a record. Eventhough many economists believe these numbers will ease in the months ahead as inventoriesof unsold homes start to pick up, it still is likely that 2005 could be the biggest year for homeconstruction in decades.Why does the U.S. need so much new housing?The simple answer, of course is, rising demand. But what is behind the demand is worthconsidering. First and foremost, the demand for housing reflects two key demographic trends-- new household formations and immigration. Economists at Harvard Universitys Joint Centerfor Housing Studies believe that household formations in the current decade will outpaceformations during the 1990s, when they estimate that 12.5 million households were formed. Growth has been due in part to many Gen-Xers establishing households at younger ages than even their baby-boomer parents did. Over the next 10 years, the Joint Center estimates that between 13.4 million and 14.5 million new households will be formed, depending on the level of immigration. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that immigration is running at about 850,000 a year, but the Joint Center says the actual number is between 1.2 million and 1.3 million. If immigration comes in on the high side, household formations will begin to approach levels last seen "when the baby boomers stormed into adulthood in the 1970s," says Eric Belsky, the centers executive director. Rising wealth is a second factor behind strong housing demand. As baby boomers come into their peak wealth years, a good percentage are buying second homes. According to a recent report by the National Association of Realtors, 2.82 million second homes were sold in 2004, up sharply from the previous year. Exactly how many of those homes were newly constructed is hard to know, although estimates range from 5% to 15%. 11
  14. 14. Current Population Survey and the Housing Vacancy Survey Theres another, less-discussed factor fueling demand for new construction: The rapid replacement of unusable and undesirable homes. According to housing-industry economists, the U.S. housing stock is in the process of being rebuilt, as aging stock is torn down to make room for newer stock. The average age of an American home is about 33 years -- older than any previous time in U.S. history. The number of homes older than 50 years rose to 25.8 million in 2000 from about 18.8 million in 1990. The average age of the U.S. housing stock swayed between 23 and 27 years from 1940 to 1990, then started a persistent rise. As the housing stock ages, new construction starts "will be permanently elevated because we need to replace housing stock which is wearing out," says Fannie Mae economist David Berson. The Census Bureau is forecasting net removals will total about 450,000 annually between now and 2013. 12
  15. 15. INTERNATIONAL  It is projected that the world population will rise from 5.7 billion in 1995 to 8.9 billion in 2050, growing at the rate of 1.3 % per annum in the period 1995-2000 to 0.3 % per annum in the period 2045-2050. The assumption is that there will be a massive fertility decline in the majority of countries, a scenario expected to produce ageing populations, i.e. populations in which the proportion of children is declining and that of older persons is increasing. More than one billion of the world’s city residents live in inadequate housing, mostly in the sprawling slums and squatter settlements in developing countries. Such areas are regarded as one of the most visible expressions of human poverty. The lack of adequate housing in the cities of developing countries is one of the most pressing problems of the 21st Century, and the cost of providing adequate shelter for all is immense. Yet, the cost of doing nothing may be even greater, for the new urban slums are potential breeding places for social and political unrest. The global data on housing adequacy is rather limited, however, and what is considered adequate in one part of the world - or at one point of time - may not be regarded so elsewhere. Almost two billion people currently live in urban regions of the developing world. This figure is projected to double over the next 30 years, at which time urban dwellers will account for nearly half the global population1. Moreover, most of these new urban dwellers are likely to be poor – resulting in a phenomenon termed as the ‘urbanization of poverty’. Slums are a physical and spatial manifestation of increasing urban poverty and intra-city inequality. However, slums do not accommodate all of the urban poor, nor are all slum dwellers always poor.  The global housing stock in cities amounts to 700-720 million units of all types. It is estimated that 20 to 40 million urban households are homeless. A significant number of those housed, however, cannot be regarded as living in adequate shelter. Worldwide, 18% of all urban housing units (some 125 million units) are non-permanent structures, and 25% (175 million units) do not conform to building regulations. Most deficient housing units are found in the cities of developing countries, with more than half of all less-than- adequate housing units located in the Asia and Pacific region. The number of people living in  inadequate shelter may be as high as 1.3 billion world-wide because most cannot afford otherwise. Acute shortages of adequate housing exacerbates the situation, as low supply tends to increase prices. Some 40-50% of urban residents in developing countries own heir dwellings, and another 20-30 % are legal tenants. 13
  16. 16.  Many cities also have large squatter settlements, where people rent rooms or whole units. In industrialized countries, higher prevalence of rental housing provides for a greater variety of demand and internal mobility. Nevertheless, some towns in the South have more than 70% of their housing stock as rental housing (such as in Kisumu, Kenya; Jinja, Uganda; or Conakry, Guinea).  Generally, a housing structure is considered durable when certain strong building materials are used for roof, walls and floor. Even though some houses may be built with materials classified as durable, the dwellers may still not enjoy adequate protection against weather and climate due to the overall state of a dwelling. Alternatively, a material may not look durable, in the modern sense, but is, in the traditional sense, when combined with skills of repair. Such cases are vernacular housing made of natural materials in villages, maintained by its residents annually.  Durability of building materials is to a very large extent subject to local conditions as well as to local construction and maintenance traditions and skills. Which materials are considered durable under local conditions has to be determined by local experts. This is also true for the common problem that dwellings in the semi-urban outskirts of cities of developing countries often follow rural construction patterns by using materials, which can be considered non-durable under urban conditions. In addition, compliance with local regulations and the quality of the location form part of the definition. These two indicators cannot be easily observed as they require specific knowledge about the legal condition and the land use plan as well as skills to determine hazardous areas.  Developing countries have the advantage of not being tied to heavy investments in technologies of the past. Therefore, instead of resting on the limited productivity of craftsmanship or before yielding to the seduction of impulsive technology transfers, they are invited to consider a full range of prospective options offered by “Reproduction”: research and development of innovative processes truly capable of simplifying the production, therefore avoiding long sequential operations of craftsmanship nature. Options generated through a double matrix between the available resources (materials and processes) and the basic strategies of industrialized building systems (Site Assembled Kits of Parts, Factory-Made Modules and Hybrids). (Sourced in part: United Nations Human Settlements Programme) 14
  17. 17. Chapter 2Proposal Alternative Use for Intermodal Containers: HabitatsEven if the estimates of nearly 9% growth per year in empty containers were halved, globalunfilled containers will approach a glut of 5,000,000 by 2010. While any number of methodswill be employed to modulate excess supply, as long as the U.S. is faced with a trade deficitwith Asia, empty containers will remain a reality. Given that inevitability, alternativeredeployment of empty containers should be considered.The use of intermodal containers as habitats is one way of addressing the issues of an evergrowing supply of empty containers, as well as, the ever growing demand for housing, bothdomestically and internationally.Three rather distinct approaches proposed here, of using containers as housing arerepresentations of design work by LOT-EK Architects from New York City (pronounced LOW-tech – 1. Domestic Projected Units Average Market Product (initial) Wholesale Price* Individual Home Owner Container Home Kit 200 $225,000 Live-Work Space Container Home System 50 $100,000/unit Student Housing Container Home System 50 $79,000/unit DOD Military Housing Container Home Kit 100 $110,00 a. Market Rate Homes – the following illustrations of Container Home Kits (CHK) is to answer a request for homes with a particular aesthetic appeal. The CHK will be available using 2–8 – 40’ containers either a in a compact or loft configuration. The structures can be arranged as townhouses or as one-off single family units. These homes can be marketed to individual home-owners, to builder/contractors, or to the Department of Defense (DoD’s Housing Privatization program) b. Multiple Units – the Container Housing System (CHS) uses multiple containers for a variety of apartment building configurations. These buildings will be marketed to builder/contractors, with a particular emphasis on Live-Work Space and Student Housing.* price estimates of the basic dwelling, excluding land, site prep, and transport 15
  18. 18. Container Home Kit The CHK, Container Home Kit, combines multiple shipping containers to build affordable homes. Conceived as a kit of parts, the basic unit, a 40-foot- long shipping container, is transformed into an expandable module. The container functions as both the structure and shell for the habitat.Sections of its corrugated metal walls can be cut out without compromising its structuralintegrity. The resulting openings can be used to join containers side by side to make uplarger spaces, or for vertical connections between them.The Container Home Kit is available in two lines: CHK compact and CHK loft, inconfigurations that range from 2 to 4 bedrooms using 4 to 8 containers. The houses arepositioned on site on 2 parallel strips of concrete that are also used for pedestrian as wellas car access through the lot. The houses built with this system are recyclable themselvesas they can be disassembled and reassembled elsewhere. Container Housing System The CHS, Container Housing System, is designed to exploit the containers natural stack- ability, stretched geometry, and industrial/mechanical detail. The apartment units are placed side by side in two parallel lines, along the front and back of the building, leaving a gap in the middle, which becomes a circulation hallway on each floor. The containers with pierced floors and ceilings stack vertically to generate shafts for stairwells and mechanicals.In both cases, the interior finishes of the CHK or CHS will not betray the fact that these arehomes built from retired shipping containers. 16
  19. 19. The CHK and CHS are the brainchildren of LOT-EK Architects, from NYC, which has workedin both the design and application of this technology for many years. The partners, GiuseppeLignano and Ada Tolla, have adopted the container as a design signature, using it along withoil tanks, airplane fuselages and other industrial castoffs. In fact, LOT-EK is the most prominentof an emerging school of architects using inexpensive recycled containers as temporary orpermanent homes, offices and galleries. 2. International Projected Units Average Market Product (initial) Wholesale Price* Shelter (developing nations) Container Home Kit 1250 $5,120 Multifamily Apartments Container Home 150 $8,000/unit System a. Shelter Habitats – a compact version of Container Home Kit (CHK), at approximately 59m (640 sq. ft.) is a suitable dwelling for either transitional or permanent housing. It would be targeted to nations looking to improve the problems of substandard housing. b. Multiple Units – in the developing world, including Eastern Europe, the Container Housing System (CHS) multi-container configurations, will marketed to apartment building developer/investors, again in those countries making a commitment to alleviate substandard housing.* price estimates of the basic dwelling, excluding land, site prep, and transport 17
  20. 20. Create the PrototypeLOT-EK is currently seeking financial and in-kind participation from General Electric for thedevelopment and production of a prototype of the Container Home Kit (CHK), 3X3 Loftdesign. The firm has a thorough and well-positioned architectural design concept (Step1 inthe DFMA process below).Engineering, developing, and testing a prototype house using the standard structural andmechanical interfaces described previously would be the next phase of work. This wouldinclude testing in the field and evaluation of the factory manufacturing, field assembly,durability, and quality of the homes.LOT-EK estimates the cost of the prototype to be $250,000, with its completion between 90 –120 days. The expense and execution can be absorbed or mitigated by exploiting GE’s cross-divisional access to material, including ISO containers, its engineering capabilities, as well as,its supply chain resources. Design concept Suggestions for Designs for assembly simplification of product structure Suggestions for more Selection of materials economic materials and processes and and processes early cost estimates Best engineering concept Detail design for Engineer for minimum manufacture manufacturing costs Prototype Typical steps in Design For Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) process Production 18
  21. 21. Chapter 3Implications A Sea of Boxes The problem of excess containers needs to be addressed from several different vantage points. One of many solutions for disposal is to use containers as structural building blocks. The efficiency with which intermodal containers are stacked, racked and transported can easily be transferred to their use as the shell and structure for an array of buildings, including housing.The following scene is being replicated around the world, as local resources, and that of shippingcompanies are being strained by keeping up with a flood of containers. The NY/NJ port has seven terminals with more than 1,200 acres devoted to container storage. Empty boxes are flooding West Coast ports with very few exports to fill them. The turmoil generated by the trade imbalance has spread beyond the docks and into offices around the Portland area. In Australia, the Nationwide News Pty Limited, Weekly Times, reported in January 2003 that, “At Sydney, there has been nearly a 50% increase in empty containers in the past six months and that has been replicated in other ports.” Shipping chief executive in Australia explained the reason behind this stacking, as the drought that beat the volume of agricultural products being exported. He added that the containers full of imports still come in at the same rate while the empties keep piling up on wharves of the port due to the insufficient exports that take up. It was found that sending empty containers back overseas was far expensive. It costs $300 to $650 to return a container to overseas markets, making it "easy to imagine the cost impact of having to send back 200,000 containers over the next year." 19
  22. 22. Housing the Earth’s People Construction Growth by Region (Annual percentage changes) According to Global Insight International 1998-2003 2003-2008 construction is expected to grow by nearly 3% Asia -0.8 3.3 through 2008. Non-Japan Asia 3.2 5.1 Eastern Europe 2.1 3.5 With ongoing construction growth projected in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East & Africa, andMiddle East & Africa 0.0 3.2 with GE expecting to receive as much as 60% of its North America 3.8 2.7 revenue growth from emerging markets, these are South America -4.3 2.9 regions where GE can realize scalablity within Western Europe 1.3 1.8 opportunitic segments of the construction industry. WORLD TOTAL 1.2 2.6Source: Global Insight Inc. Further analysis points to urban development as a specific area for growth, given the current projections for population migration over the next 20 years. The strains on poor and substandard infrastructures and its associated problems will create an incredible demand for scarce resources, thus creating the circumstances leading to further worldwide instability. Urban and rural development 1950-2030 For Less Developed regions and More Developed regions Source: Population Div ision, UN: World Population Prospects: The 2004 Revision and World Urbanization Prospects: The 2003 Revision. Note: More developed regions; they comprise all regions of Europe plus Northern America, Australia/New Zealand and Japan. Less developed regions; they comprise all regions of Africa, Asia (excluding Japan), Latin America and the Caribbean plus Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. 20
  23. 23. More than "one billion human beings still lack adequate shelter and are living in unacceptable conditions of poverty" (Habitat Agenda, paragraph 53). The vast majority of live in developing countries and -- as a result of the urbanization of poverty -- an increasing number live in urban areas. Sprawling informal settlements and slums of developing countries are fast becoming the most visual manifestations of poverty itself. According to UN-HABITAT, some 924 million people were living in slums and informal settlements by 2001.The objective of the Habitat Agenda, shelter policy is to create frameworks for efficient andeffective shelter delivery systems, while emphasizing "the increased use and maintenance ofexisting stock through ownership, rental and other tenure options, responding to the diversityof needs."While the Habitat Agenda stresses that housing policies should pay attention to the role of theinformal sector to housing policies, this sector lacks the wherewithal to mobilize the resources,both fiscal and technical, in order to affect fundamental change in housing thesepopulations.Fundamental change is however possible through direct investments in construction projectsfor both housing and supportive infrastructure for the foreseeable future. In fact, Global Insightprojects 2% and 3%, respectively in worldwide construction growth (U.S. dollars) between nowand 2013, again with the bulk of that growth coming from emerging markets. (see MarketPotential Indicators for Emerging Markets – 2004) According to the U.S. Census Department, the housing construction industry generated in excess of $232 billion in sales.Addressing the domestic housing sector with a focus on market niches, the use of container-based, modular home design, and advanced technological building systems, will yield sizableshare of market over the near to mid-term.The following is an estimate for annualized sales by market segment, and shows how amodest number of units could quickly scale. These units represent a total of 54,300 TEU’s or theequivalent of 2.2% of the 2.5 million estimated empty intermodal containers around the world. $100 Millions $50 $0 Single Liv e/Work Military Student Emerge/M Emerge/Sh Units 200 50 100 50 150 12,500 Rev enues $45,000,000 $5,500,000 $11,000,000 $3,950,000 $1,200,000 $80,000,000 21
  24. 24. Building the Homes of the 21st Century in Factories Housing can’t be built fast enough, using the current primary means of construction, to keep up with worldwide demand.Homes today are, for the most part, still being built in the same way they were in the 19thcentury. The Partnership for Advancing Housing Technology (PATH), administered by theDept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) projects that factory-built housing, especiallymodular with become the predominate way to construct housing, both single and multi-family, accounting for as much as 90% within 20 years, as technology continues to improve. The PATH Mission points in this direction:  Increase energy efficiency  Improve durability  Raise quality  Ensure labor safety  Minimize environmental impact In order to achieve this, the currently ultra- fragmented housing sector must look to transfer the best business practices from industrial manufacturing to construction. One such innovation is the Whole House Building System which is predicated on a single on-site production facility utilizing high capacity hoisting, non-sequential building techniques and bulk material handling in order to streamline production.Improvements in housing technology will likely be the only way to maintain supply to meet thedemands for new affordable homes, replace old structures, provide for disaster relief andtransitional habitats in sufficient numbers. There will be a few players that will be able todeploy the resources, as well as have the economies of scale required to establish andoperate such factories on a global scale. 22
  25. 25. Chapter 4RationaleHere, we will answer the question, why this proposition is timely, viable and scalable? Affordability 1) Modular housing is inherently less expensive then traditional stick-built housing, because of the economies of scale, systems and standards, optimum value engineering (OVE), etc. Savings with standard modular buildings can be offset with the travel and handling of over-sized modular sections. However, with the proposed LOT-EK modular structures, travel and handling are done in the same manner as any other intermodal containers. 2) The builder/contractor/developer of single family homes, being sold at market-rate, will either be able to pass along the savings to the consumer or retain a higher margin based on local market conditions. 3) Several base designs with a fairly limited package of upgrades will keep the domestic product moderately priced. 4) The products targeted for emerging markets must be priced to compete with locally derived, competitive housing. Use of local labor and locally sourced materials along with the installation of manufactured housing systems will allow for this product to be volume driven (even though market entry estimates are set a fairly low unit levels). Building Systems 1) The adaptation and application of manufacturing processes to home building, especially with modular dwellings will revolutionize the industry, by reducing waste, meeting increasingly important green standards, managing labor, etc. And only those players at the edge of innovation, as well as, with the capacity to scale-up operations will emerge as market leaders. 2) Standardize the Module Footprint and Interfaces – The premise is to have only a few basic module sizes, allow for some variations in appearance and configuration to provide some of customization consumers want. Potential benefits of standardizing are:  Reduces the number of components  Allows for interchangeability of parts or components from a variety of manufacturers  Reduces the onsite tasks to a rather simple and standardized assembly  Provides options, variety, and personalization  Simplifies the inspection and approval process as most of this is can be moved to factories 23
  26. 26. 3) Stakeholders can work with the national code bodies and selected state and local code offices to develop a streamlined approach to approvals and inspections. The goal is to move as much of the inspection process as possible into the factory. For example, modules manufactured under ISO 9000/14000 quality systems could be pre-approved or certified so that building inspection of each individual trade is not required. One inspector could handle sign-off on all systems assuming the certified modules were properly interfaced. This would apply internationally as well, especially when using ISO systems.4) GE is well poised to be a leader in the industrialization of the home building process for several very obvious reasons, namely:  Resources (knowledge based, human, fiscal, engineering)  Vision to see that emerging markets will represent the lion’s share of its life-blood, and the commitment and dedication to pursue it.  Vertical and horizontal integration across divisions  Technological innovationContainers1) Empty containers are abundant, will become even more so and remain so as long as the world maintains a trade imbalance with the leading export nations, who also are the leading container suppliers.2) Intermodal containers are by their nature durable, maneuverable, modifiable and affordable, all of the elements that make them appropriate building blocks for housing.3) Some ports in emerging markets may not have terminal yards that store a sufficient supply of suitable empty containers. Container transportation costs can be mitigated by using local labor for fabrication and construction.4) With the emphasis on recycling, each container will be determined to be habitable and imposing little or no environmental impact.Demand1) There is a nearly insatiable need, both domestically and internationally, for deliverable housing that is affordable, durable, attractive, safe, and environmentally friendly. The aggregate demand for quality housing throughout the world is in the millions of units.2) Home building systems will allow for suppliers to keep up with demand by creating housing in a highly efficient manner.3) Given the changing dynamics of the workplace, Live/work Space is becoming an alternative for many transitioning from the office, for artists and artisans, and for home- based entrepreneurs.4) Quality student housing is required by America’s academic institutions not only for undergraduates, but also graduate students, faculty, administrators, support staff and young alumni who need housing close to campus. 24
  27. 27. 5) The Department of Defense has a mandate to renovate and build new military housing on nearly all of the bases throughout the country.6) Not everyone will be suited for, or in a position to acquire a home, as such the builder/contractor/developer of multifamily properties requires quality buildings for their tenants.Design1) LOT-EK Architects have created a series of designs that will convert these steel boxes into eminently livable space, thus mitigating concerns about whether a prospective home- owner would find these designs aesthetically appealing, functional and affordable.2) LOT-EK has designed a fairly wide variety of structures – container habitats are one of a long list of buildings using large industrial cast-offs.3) The adaptability of these boxes allows for configurations ranging from a simple, yet elegant shelter to multi-unit apartment buildings that retain the same design elements over greater dimensions.4) The concept of designing for manufacturing efficiency has been applied successfully in many industries for decades. The idea is to reduce the overall number of parts and the number of different kinds of parts, and to use parts that are easy to assemble and install, resulting in lower costs for materials and labor 25
  28. 28. ConclusionThe building of any business starts with a seed of an idea and a vision. Whether that vision canbe transformed into a profitable entity calls on the confluence of elements that first andforemost answer the question, “is this doable?”We believe that the proposition just laid out not only can be doable, but in fact, must bedoable for the following reasons:  The quality of life as we are accustom to in the developed world will be severely and adversely affected if we do not get a handle on our levels of waste – millions of empty and retired containers is a gross, untenable and ultimately unsustainable level of waste.  Again, our quality of life will be even further constrained unless we, in the developed world (in both the public and private sectors) are willing and able to re-orient the plane of wealth distribution. We enjoy a high level of a quality of life, while the majority of the world does not – this imbalance can only haunt us for generations, unless we make a concerted effort to invest in improving those quality-of-life fundaments presently enjoyed by a minority of the world’s population. Adequate shelter is one of those fundaments. If for no other reason, our own self interest should be a primary driver in this regard.  Americans will continue to require, into the foreseeable future, better and more affordable housing in ever increasing numbers, as older stock is retired and the demands for new development strain our abilities to deliver. Industrialized home building systems are really the only method to meet this level of demand – quality, quantity, durability, affordability and sensitivity (environmental).It really boils down to these three key elements that will drive, what at a conservativeestimate, is a $146m business: create quality housing out of recycled and cast-off materials,and use technology-driven systems to efficiently do so.Our current plans call for prototyping as the first step to this process. We trust that GE/SeaCo,as well as, GE Modular Space will intend to be collaborative partners with LOT-Ek andComLoc, Corp. in this initial step forward. 26
  29. 29. Annualized Estimates (Year 1) EmptyContainers Deployed Market Gross (TEUs) (1) % Mkt. TEUs Unit Type Segment (2) TEU/Unit Unit Size Unit Cost (3) Cost /Unit Price/Unit (4) Unit Sales Revenues 2,500,000 sq. ft. meters sq. ft. meters 0.10% 2,400 CHK Single family 12 1,960 -- $91.84 $180,000 $225,000 200 $45,000,000 0.01% 300 CHS Live/Work 6 960 -- $91.67 $88,000 $110,000 50 $5,500,000 0.03% 800 CHK Military 8 1,280 -- $68.75 $88,000 $110,000 100 $11,000,000 0.01% 200 CHS Student 4 640 -- $98.75 $63,200 $79,000 50 $3,950,000 Emerging 0.02% 600 CHS Mkts./Multi 4 640 59 $10.00 $108.47 $6,400 $8,000 150 $1,200,000 Emerging 2.00% 50,000 CHK Mkts./Shelter 4 640 59 $8.00 $86.78 $5,120 $6,400 12,500 $80,000,000 Totals 2.17% 54,300 13,050 $146,650,000 $100 $80 Notes: Millions (1) Estimated # of global empty containers $60 (2) Single family homes represented here are 3X3 Loft Units $40 (3) Estimated unit cost, a handle on actuals $20 will be derived from prototyping (4) Estimate of wholesale unit prices @ 25% gross margin $0 Emerging Emerging Single family Live/Work Military Student Mkts./Multi Mkts./Shelter Units 200 50 100 50 150 12,500 Revenues $45,000,000 $5,500,000 $11,000,000 $3,950,000 $1,200,000 $80,000,000
  30. 30. Market Potential Indicators for Emerging Markets – 2004 Overall Market Market Market Market Growth Market Consumption Commercial Economic Market Country Potential Size Rate Intensity Capacity Infrastructure Freedom Receptivity Risk Index Countries Rank Index Rank Index Rank Index Rank Index Rank Index Rank Index Rank Index Rank Index Rank IndexHONGKONG 21 1 10 80 1 100 12 54 2 98 2 92 1 100 2 88 1 100SINGAPORE 24 1 5 84 9 57 10 62 3 92 9 69 2 60 1 100 2 80 S. KOREA 6 12 11 78 7 66 2 99 6 76 8 71 9 18 4 62 3 74 CHINA 1 100 7 82 24 1 11 59 14 38 24 1 12 8 11 49 4 73 ISRAEL 22 1 14 75 3 75 4 82 5 79 4 78 4 29 6 57 5 69 HUNGARY 23 1 22 50 2 76 1 100 4 81 5 78 5 24 3 64 6 68CZECH REP. 20 2 21 51 17 51 3 97 1 100 3 83 6 24 5 62 7 67 INDIA 2 47 2 96 19 40 6 77 22 14 16 46 24 1 14 38 8 60 POLAND 10 5 23 34 5 67 5 80 7 66 7 73 18 4 8 56 9 50 CHILE 18 2 12 78 10 56 22 13 8 54 1 100 11 11 7 57 10 45 MEXICO 5 13 17 61 6 66 20 27 15 37 10 66 7 23 10 50 11 45 RUSSIA 3 37 15 73 22 28 15 53 11 41 21 21 15 6 15 32 12 42 THAILAND 14 4 8 82 21 38 13 54 16 33 12 61 8 22 12 47 13 42 MALAYSIA 17 3 1 100 23 15 18 42 12 38 19 33 3 46 9 52 14 40 TURKEY 9 8 13 75 14 54 9 67 9 47 18 38 13 7 16 26 15 39 EGYPT 13 5 3 90 4 74 8 70 19 22 23 14 19 4 17 25 16 35INDONESIA 7 12 6 83 16 51 7 72 20 18 20 30 14 6 22 13 17 33PHILIPPINES 11 5 9 82 13 54 17 47 24 1 13 57 10 17 20 23 18 31ARGENTINA 12 5 4 84 12 55 19 39 10 41 15 52 21 3 24 1 19 29 BRAZIL 4 26 18 58 20 38 23 13 13 38 14 56 23 1 18 25 20 29 PERU 19 2 16 62 8 62 14 53 21 15 11 62 22 2 21 20 21 27 S. AFRICA 8 8 20 51 11 56 24 1 23 13 6 74 17 5 13 44 22 22COLOMBIA 16 4 19 51 15 52 21 17 17 32 17 39 16 5 19 23 23 16VENEZUELA 15 4 24 1 18 45 16 52 18 25 22 20 20 4 23 2 24 1 2
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  32. 32. DIMENSIONS AND MEASURES OF MARKET POTENTIAL Dimension Weight Measures Used Market Size 10/50  Urban population (million) -20031  Electricity consumption (billion kwh) - 20022 Market Growth Rate 6/50  Average annual growth rate of commercial energy use (%) - between years 1996-20011  Real GDP growth rate (%) - 20031 Market Intensity 7/50  GNI per capita estimates using PPP (US Dollars) - 20031  Private consumption as a percentage of GDP (%) - 20021 Market Consumption 5/50  Percentage share of middle-class in Capacity consumption/income (latest year available)1 Commercial 7/50  Telephone mainlines (per 100 habitants) - 20033 Infrastructure  Cellular mobile subscribers (per 100 habitants) - 20033  Number of PCs (per 100 habitants) - 20033  Paved road density (km per million people) - 20021  Internet hosts (per million people) - 20033  Population per retail outlet - (latest year available)4  Television sets (per 1000 persons) - 20031 Economic Freedom 5/50  Economic Freedom Index - 20045  Political Freedom Index - 20046 Market Receptivity 6/50  Per capita imports from US (US Dollars) - 20037  Trade as a percentage of GDP (%) - 20031 Country Risk 4/50  Country risk rating - 20048Data used are those available for most recent year.1 Source: World Bank, World Development Indicators - 20032 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Annual - 20033 Source: International Telecommunication Union, ICT Indicators - 20034 Source: Euromonitor, European Marketing Data and Statistics - 2004 Source: Euromonitor, Asian Marketing Data and Statistics - 20045 Source: Heritage Foundation, The Index of Economic Freedom - 20046 Source: Freedom House, Survey of Freedom in the World - 20047 Source: U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Division, Country Data - 20048 Source: Euromoney, Country Risk Survey - 2004For more information on methodology index, refer to: "Measuring The Potential of EmergingMarkets : An Indexing Approach" - S. Tamer Cavusgil Business Horizons, January-February 1997, Vol.40 Number 1, 87-91.