Boucher Grygier Shipping Container House
Re-purposing used refrigerated shipping containers is extremely resource efficient. The containers act as a weatherproof exterior siding, insulation, and structural frame. Minimal insulation needs to be added at the roof and floor. Framing is only needed where bay windows and interior partition walls are added. Waterproofing is only needed where windows and doors are added. Aside from the containers, which make up most of the building, green materials include:
▪ blown in cellulose insulation at the roof
▪ 50% flyash concrete foundation
▪ “green seal” low-voc paint on the interior
▪ water-based urethane finish on the wood
▪ 100% wool carpet and bamboo flooring
The house was also designed to minimize energy use through passive solar design. Deep eaves minimize summer solar gain, while allowing winter solar heating. Well placed windows supply excellent daylighting and summer ventilation. Additional energy and water saving features such as stacked plumbing, roof rainwater collection, high efficacy lighting, and Solatubes further reduce ecological impacts.
Visit Jan Grygier’s container house website to view film footage and a library of construction photos.
Construction by Scott Bailey
Photographs by Leger Wanaselja Architecture