While continuing to wait on the doors and windows to come in, I thought I could explain the SSSMH project a little more.
The concept is to build a comfortable and safe living environment with absolute minimal impact on the building’s surrounding “site” without compromising public health and safety. By using a multifaceted approach to address electric power, water supply, waste-water system, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, the design will accommodate all the living needs, and legal requirements for a permanent dwelling for two occupants.
The structure will consist of a 40′ ISO shipping container mounted on a chassis (for ease of mobility) with no modifications that affect the structural integrity of the container. Construction will meet or exceed all applicable standards and codes, or their intent, set by regulating authorities. However, the SSSMH concept does not fit any of the of the traditional “Home/house” definitions set by any of the regulating authorities. It is NOT a: Mobile Home, Modular Home, Manufactured Home, Stick-built Home, or RV. Nonetheless, it is being constructed to the highest standards for long term sustainability and durability.
Interior framing will use 2 1/2″ metal studs to eliminate mold, insect, and potential fire damage insuring long term sustainability and comfort. Double pane, high impact, LowE3, argon filled windows and sliding glass doors will also be used to to increase the energy efficiency of the SSSMH.
Insulating the container and maintaining comfortable inside temperatures will be done by using an over all passive solar design (1), Light color exterior paint will be used to reduce heat gain on the steel container, 2 – 2 1/2 inches of spray-in closed cell foam will be used on all interior walls, the ceiling and underside of the container, double pane, high impact, LowE3, argon filled windows and sliding glass doors will also be used to to increase the energy efficiency of the SSSMH. And finally, a “Mini-Split” heating and air conditioning system will be installed for climate control.
(1) The design of the SSSMH is so that the container is facing east-west to reduce the surface area directly exposed to the sun thus slowing the heat gain.
Electrical power needs will be accomplished by:
(a) Reducing consumption and using small, energy efficient appliances.
(c) Wind turbines.
We may potentially go with a grid-tied system so we can sell excess power back to the utility and also have “back up” power for potential inconsistencies in solar and wind generation. This is also an attractive option because it allows us to help put clean energy back into the grid for others to use, thus reducing demand on dirty power.
Water suply: The majority of fresh water will be obtained through a rainwater collection system. Rainwater, as it leaves the roof is diverted into a surge tank that drains into the water filtration
system that then drains into the holding tank(s) to be pumped/plumbed into the SSSMH. Since standard flush toilets are a tremendous waste of pure drinking water (In typical household, 35 to 45% of all household
potable water is flushed down the toilet) the SSSMH design incorporates a waterless remote composting toilet system
Waste-water system: Since the composting toilet system eliminates the “black-water” the remaining waste-water that is generated from the sinks and shower will be reclaimed for watering our garden.
Our intent is not to build a cheap affordable dwelling. The intent behind the SSSMH is innovation, to create a dream home for a chosen lifestyle and mind set. Like those who have chose to live on their boats, have become “full-time RVers”, built “earthships” as their dwelling, or live in “tiny houses” we don’t want to settle for someone else’s dream home. Our goal, our dream, and our lifestyle is to find solutions to real problems. Right now energy and resources are being wasted everyday even as their value increases and we are faced an “energy crisis”.
By using/reusing a shipping container, sustainable materials, and energy and resource conservation practices we are living our dream, not sacrificing it for an end product.