Long story short, we are finally building our home out of shipping containers. InSoFast panels to the exterior shell of the shipping containers to get the base layer of insulation. Then we add additional rigid foam insulation to meet the energy code requirements. There are three basic ways to insulate shipping containers, all inside, outside, or both interior and exterior.
Let’s see; since our last update, we’ve continued to install InSoFast panels to the exterior shell of the shipping containers to get the base layer of insulation. Then we add additional rigid foam insulation to meet the energy code requirements. There are three basic ways to insulate shipping containers, all inside, outside, or both interior and exterior.
We chose to insulate all on the shell to capitalize on the unique details available in shipping containers that you wouldn’t find in traditional stick-frame home construction.
After completing insulation (most of the house is insulated, we still have a few areas to tackle), we’ve applied waterproofing tape to our seams and begun wrapping the house in Tyvek.
We’ve waterproofed and installed 33 windows and sliding doors. The oh-so-clever Jason constructed a davit to hoist the windows to our upper level, which was no easy feat considering our heaviest window was over 300lbs! Thankfully, we had some help from some kickass neighbors and friends for the heavier windows to help us lift and act as a counter-weight.
We scheduled a series of inspections within a few days of each other before adding bat insulation to the home’s interior and atrium walls, leaving us mere hours to fix the few noted corrections from inspectors. We only gave ourselves 24 hours to turn around and install our interior insulation before our insulation inspection. The worst part was installing bat insulation in 85+ degrees heat. It. was. so. itchy!
These panels’ dimensions are 24x48x2.5 inches, and when they’re put together into a solid wall of insulation, they provide a balance of strong energy protection and protection from the elements. The closed-cell EPS foam is non-porous, so the system can serve as a reliable weather resistant barrier that repels water rather than absorb it.
Our products are easily installed with tongue-and-groove notches that connect the panels to one another. A complete system leaves no gaps for thermal bridging, and all you’ll need for the process is a utility knife, a saw, a nail gun or drill, and canned spray foam insulation. The process is intuitive and a seasoned construction professional or DIY weekend warrior can both expect superior results.
The best insulation for your container home is InSoFast Container Quote. Reach out by calling (888) 396-9677 or by contacting us online if you need assistance with orders, installation, measurements, etc.