How a shipping container home is Insulated from extreme heat & cold?
We design our floor, wall and roof details with the addition of Rigid Foam Insulation, Insulative Spray Foam & Ceramic Insulative products to achieve the desired R-Value.
R-Value is: the rate at which energy flows through a floor, wall & roof.
adding insulation is a preventative measure to decrease the rate of energy flow, therefore reducing the need for heating and cooling requirements.
Some great facts about building using Shipping Containers.
From the American Architectural Review (video): Ceramic Insulation Coating for Shipping Container Homes
Insulating shipping container homes is best done on the outside to prevent the container from rusting and moisture buildup on the inside, unless insulating spray foam is used on inside walls.
Insulating a shipping container house is best done with insulating spray foam or Polyurethane Foam; this insulating material sticks to steel walls and depending on thickness sprayed, you can expect R3.5 per inch for open cell or R7 for closed cell foam per inch.
Spray Foam Insulation rust proofs the interior walls, seals the building and eliminates energy robbing cold air infiltration and the related problems with mold, mildew and condensation problems, steel is an excellent conductor, therefore it’s also a good idea to give the outside a thin layer of insulating foam to prevent bridging.
We use Reinforced Concrete Slab in our designs for the following reasons:
1. The durability of concrete is unsurpassed, as compared to wood joist and plywood subfloors.
2. Slab is structurally reinforced and therefore is no need for a full foundation & excavation, thus lowering expenses, reducing materials needed and reducing time of construction.
3. reinforced concrete slab is most compatible for seismic activity. (note: drawings must be reviewed by your local building department to ensure local building codes are adhered to.)
4. Concrete is the mass which we use in your design, to capture energy from the sun for storage and is slowly released over night. In warmer climates the concrete is protected from the sun and remains cool for a cooling effect for inhabitants.