May seem a waste of energy at first but then again if this type of building is utilized for other buildings off it or back to the grid it may actually pay itself off over time for its generator use or payment from the grid.
Portability is also something people overlook when thinking shipping container buildings as well as “solar power is too expensive”. Well for a friend of mine who’s moving to a remote island he doesn’t have electricity there and generally the buildings are traditional bamboo or concrete. Either way building a home will take time, shipping something like this in however would give him a base of operations until things got underway. As well as a place to charge his power tools. Now this shipping container building by Adaptive Container’s SPACE buildings also has the ease of loading and unloading which many other shipping container building manufacturers are still trying to work round the problem. Add to that the solar rack can be loaded and unloaded in around 30 minutes the whole system is practical as well as thought out.
The name of the type of building is called SPACE which stands for Solar Powered Adaptive Containers for Everyone. Which in reality is a 140sqm of workspace with 20 solar panels on the roof that give out 350 kWh of power a month. Air conditioning is also installed as standard so the “its too hot in a shipping container” defeatists will find they are happy at home inside a shipping container that isn’t racking up the electric bill.
I’m pretty impressed with the layout and the Swiss army approach to design with a basic shipping container attached to one of these would make it a more viable option as the “powered” one would give its excess energy to run the other low cost shipping container unit.
Yesterday seen the installation of the ductless split unit for the shipping container apartment. We bought it from AC World. Also had another meeting with a spray foam contractor. I can’t wait for the installation as they keep telling me what a huge difference the insulation will make to the shipping container home.
The bamboo flooring went in pretty easily. I got sore though from carrying all the boxes upstairs. Surprising how much 750sqm of flooring weighs! I found the bamboo lumber at Lumber Liquidators and hte bathroom is Tiger Strand with everything else being Natural Strand.
The strand bamboo is also a lot harder than the vertical or horizontal boards and noticably denser. I was really happy with the finished look. Next thing is working out how to write about the wiring of the electrics in the shipping container apartment. I am hoping things will slow down once the air conditioning is installed and the trim painted. This will give me more time to update things about the details I haven’t been keeping upto date in the blog. Looking forward to a break, going on vacation Tuesday!
Finally the air conditioning is finished and running also helps maintaining a constant temperature with the front door also being installed even though still minus its handle. Wiring has also been completed in the apartment at least. Still need to get on with caulking and painting the skirting boards before the kitchen cabinets can go in. Hopefully all this will be done by the end of the month.
After reading about a smart home system in Popular mechanics I decided to go ahead and install the system in my home by replacing some of the lighting switches around the house. Instead of having a single switch the system uses multiple switching where the switches communicate with each other around the house. Things like being able to turn on and off the garage lights from the sitting room as well as the outside lighting from the sitting room. At the same time the system also allows all the lights to be rigged to one switch so you can switch all the lights off when going out, Pretty smart stuff.
Currently we haven’t constructed one here although I have worked in the modular industry as well as container buildings in the UK previously. Reason for being slow off the mark is simply been busy with daily life and also looking for the right location to construct. My wife sent me these photos a few years back of someone’s house construction and as you can see (probably the way I am) it would make one fantastic container home.
The whole design is lots of open spaces blended with modular units giving space for a growing family as people can be on their own floor and at meal times etc. be able to all be in the same place. The other factor I like about this home is the amount of land it takes up on its lower level as it will fit on many lot areas here in the Philippines easily and this one is already here in Talisay, Cebu (near us). The other important thing here though is generally city planning isn’t a problem below 4 levels which also fits in with this home and our requirements.
An interesting home that doesn’t look over complicated and if placed right will have the benefit of shade on an embankment or hill during the day giving it a cool airy feel to the home. The other thing I like about it is gaps between floors as it all helps with ventilation. You can either live in an insulated box here for air conditioning or work with the elements to cool the house. If I can find the house will try and visit the owner to discuss the construction and any problems they had but I can see our container home being built with a similar design in mind using concrete pillars for framing.