First Name: Marga
Last Name: Rxxxx
Your Email Address: Undisclosed
Project Budget: $ 30,000.00
Project Location: Philippines
Project Description: 4-Bedroom Residence
What would you like help with?
How is container housing different from the traditional construction methods in terms of durability and sustainability?
CONTAINER HOUSING CONSTRUCTION DIFFERS FROM TRADITIONAL CONSTRUCTION IN MANY RESPECTS. RELATIVE TO DURABILITY AND STRENGTH CONTAINER BUILDING FAR EXCEEDS CONVENTIONAL FRAMING ALTERNATIVES. CONTAINERS ARE MADE TO ENDURE EXTREME LOADS AND HEAVY WEAR AND TEAR. FURTHER READING ON THEIR INHERENT STRENGTH IS AVAILABLE FROM THE ISO Shipping Containers Inherent Strength and Building Code Requirements link in the RSCP REFERENCE SECTION.
IN REGARDS TO SUSTAINABILITY, DEPENDS ON IF YOU ARE PURCHASING/WORKING WITH USED RECYCLED CONTAINERS FOR YOUR SHIPPING CONTAINER HOME OR BUILDING THEM OUT OF NEW STEEL, AND THE DISTANCE THEY NEED TO TRAVEL TO GET TO THE SITE - GOES TO EMBODIED ENERGY DEBATE. OTHER COMPONENTS OF SUSTAINABILITY LIKE MECHANICAL (HEATING AND COOLING) EFFICIENCIES ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN CONVENTIONAL ALTERNATIVES. THE Passive Solar Design Issues LINK HAS FURTHER READING ON PASSIVE STRATEGIES THAT ARE AT THE HEART OF SUSTAINABLE DESIGN. IT TALKS ABOUT BUILDING ORIENTATION AND UTILIZING PREVAILING WINDS AND SHADING.
Will it not wear and tear in some 5-10 years given that it is prefabricated steel? If so, what are the preventive measures for such problems primarily rust? Another thing, since we plan to construct in a tropical country, would humidity be an issue and add to the withstanding issue of corrosion?
CONTAINER HOMES, LIKE STEEL METAL BUILDINGS, WHEN PROPERLY DETAILED HAVE AN EXPECTED LIFE SPAN OF 30+ YEARS UNDER NORMAL WEAR AND TEAR CONDITIONS. SHIPPING CONTAINERS ARE MADE OF COR-TEN STEEL. THIS IS A WEATHERING STEEL THAT IS MEANT TO RUST CONTINUOUSLY BY MEANS OF A WET/DRY CYCLE WHICH CREATES A PATINA FINISH, THE MOST ECONOMICAL AND DURABLE EXTERIOR FINISH/COATING FOR SHIPPING CONTAINER HOMES. THE Cor-Ten - Shipping Container Weathering Steel LINK HAS MORE INFORMATION ON THIS.
Also, since the climate is fairly hot and humid, what will be an ideal insulation/ wall treatment and roofing?
GIVEN THE CLIMATE OF YOUR CONTAINER HOME LOCATION A "WHITE ROOF" WOULD BE BEST. THIS IS MEANT TO DEFLECT THE SUN. IDEAL EXTERIOR WALL TREATMENT WOULD BE REFLECTIVE CERAMIC PAINTS. A LINK TO A VIDEO ILLUSTRATING THIS IS AVAILABLE HERE. MORE EFFECTIVE THAN BOTH OF THESE MEASURES IS PROPER SHADING AND BUILDING ORIENTATION. THE PASSIVE SOLAR DESIGN ISSUES LINK ABOVE ADDRESSES THIS AS WELL.
Your help is very much appreciated. Thank you.