How To Build a Container Home
"Simple Simons" Simple Guide to Building a Container Home

Chapter 9 INSULATION - Hot is not the best

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Table of Contents.
Chapter 1:
Buying the shipping container “Ideal buying strategy"
Chapter 2.
“what will it all cost?”
Chapter 3.
“Tell the bank “SHOW ME THE MONEY”
Chapter 4.
Council Approvals
“do you need a building permit?”
Chapter 5.
Site Preparation
“Old School Basics"
Chapter 6.
“Go Ahead! MAKE MY DAY"
Chapter 7.
Plumbing and Electrical
“Out of the box ideas"
Chapter 8.
External Cladding
“Give it the WOW Factor”
Chapter 9.
Insulation to the walls
“Hot is Not the best"
Chapter 10.
Internal Lining
“Make it a home"
Chapter 11.
Doors and Fittings
“Separate the rooms"
Chapter 12.
“Window and doors architraves"
Chapter 13.
PC Items
“Kitchens,sinks and vanity units"
Chapter 14.
Tiling and Painting
"The Big Finish”
Chapter 15.
Final Inspections
“Clean up and lay the carpet"

Shipping Container Insulation

containers are hot so you will need insulation

With the new frames in place you can now place Insulation in the walls to keep your new home cool in summer and warm in winter.

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Insulation acts as a barrier to heat flow and is essential for keeping your home warm in winter and cool in summer. A well-insulated and well-designed home provides year-round comfort, cutting cooling and heating bills by up to half. This, in turn, reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Climatic conditions influence the appropriate level and type of insulation. Establish whether the insulation is predominantly needed to keep heat out or in (or both). Insulation must cater for seasonal as well as daily variations in temperature.

Use passive design techniques in conjunction with insulation. For example, if insulation is installed but the house is not properly shaded, built-up heat can be kept in by the insulation, creating an ‘oven’ effect. Draught sealing is also important, as draughts can account for up to 25% of heat loss from a home in winter.

Under the Building Code of Australia (BCA), the required total R-values for the building fabric vary depending on climate zone and the building site’s height above the Australian Height Datum. Ensure you comply with the BCA requirements for energy efficiency of building fabric


Simon Say’s “External walls should be insulated”

External walls should be insulated to reduce radiant, conducted and convected heat transfer. Wall insulation can be installed:

  • within cavities
  • within stud frames
  • on the outside of stud frames
  • on the inside or outside of solid walls
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