In 2011 the architects at Container Box built this beauty in Cotia, Brazil. At 196.0 m2 this shipping container house consists of four 40-foot High Cube containers (12 m of 2.90 m high). Located in a land of 860 m2 , in a residential condominium in Granja Viana, in Cotia (SP), the container house has 196 m2 of built area, distributed in two floors. There are 3 bedrooms, living room, dining room and integrated gourmet kitchen, office, three bathrooms, laundry area, covered garage and balconies.
Several ecologically correct resources are foreseen in the project and should generate a significant saving of natural resources and electric energy:
Reuse of materials for house structure: disused maritime containers. Besides using discarded noble material, the use of container generates savings of natural resources that were not used for the structure of the house, such as sand, brick, cement, water, iron etc. This means a cleaner work, with reduction of debris and other materials.
Economy in the foundation and reduction in the use of materials. The light weight of the metal structure allowed the use of insulated shoes, small and shallow, and without use of frame or hardware.
Preservation of trees on the ground and landscape design to help shade the building and soften excessive heat.
Reuse of rainwater. It will be captured by the roof, stored and filtered in its own reservoir, for use in garden irrigation, external cleaning, car washing and washing machine.
Cross ventilation in environments. Windows and openings will be used to avoid the use of air conditioning, one of the major consumers of electricity.
Green roof. Part of the cover will have vegetation to aid in the thermal insulation of the container.
Thermal polyurethane sandwich tiles for better thermal performance of the house; in white color to reflect the solar rays and contribute to the temperature decrease of the local microclimate.
Energy efficiency: use of LED lighting.
Faucets that avoid waste. Metals manufactured by Roca with flow limiters and water temperature, which prevent waste by up to 50%.
Use of PET wool, thermal insulation made from PET bottles, from Trisoft, which received the “Planeta Casa 2010” award in the building materials category.
Eco-friendly paint: water-based inks, unscented, manufactured by Sherwin-Williams, with low VOC-Volatile Organic Compounds.
It looks like the architects and homeowners took going green to another level! Being more conscious of the ecological impact of a shipping container home is a tough task but they executed it seamlessly here. Job well done!
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