Shipping container homes and workspaces are a cost-effective and contemporary alternative to standard buildings, and ideal for those wanting something a little bit different. But as they are made from different materials to usual structures, different steps and techniques must be used in the build and maintenance of these constructions.
The importance of ventilation
Condensation and ventilation in container homes are issues that some people struggle with. Poor ventilation can cause many problems, such as mould, rust and diseases. These are normally due to the build-up of moisture and lack of airflow, meaning that the moisture and air become trapped. If you are using a shipping container as a home, these are things that you definitely want to avoid. And there are steps that you can take to improve the air ventilation, and keep condensation and damp issues at bay.
Passive ventilation allows you to improve the airflow, without having to invest in expensive machinery and energy bills.
The cheapest and easiest way to improve airflow is to fit vents into your container. Simple vent openings fitted into opposite walls create cross ventilation, allowing air to flow into, through, and out of the building. Whirlybird roof vents will allow rising warm air to escape, combating condensation from any steam.
Another straightforward way to encourage ventilation is by being clever with the design of your container. Strategically placing windows just beneath the roof will allow hot air to escape and reduce the humidity, keeping the building cool and dry.
When passive ventilation is not enough, there are mechanical ways to improve the airflow in a container building.
This is a common type of fan used in brick buildings and containers. It blows the air from inside the room, out. Fitted high on an outside wall, it is good for damp and humid rooms.
This type of fan works in the opposite way to an extractor and blows fresh air into the container. These are good for regulating the temperature and work alongside passive ventilation.
The most expensive but effective type of ventilation, these systems both pump in fresh air and blow out the air from inside through ducts and piping.