Living OffGrid in a SelfBuilt 20ft Shipping Container Home
Twoandahalf years ago I decided to move out of the city and build myself a shipping container cabin. I drew it up on the computer first and then once I saw this site it just came together really quickly. The cabin is made of three standard 20foot shipping containers. I’ve done some modifications to them so you can walk through all three containers. This is my washroom. I had a roughed in toilet that I never used. I used the outhouse instead. This was my bedroom. Living room, kitchen, and then I guess. second living room. This is where I primarily spent all my time. Either in front of the fire during winter or most.
Likely outside enjoying the sun in the summertime. All of these doors are standard issue shipping container doors. They’re actually sealed when they’re locked and I initially designed the cabin around containers on the premise that once the doors are sealed and locked you can walk away for several weeks at a time. If you go traveling you can close up your house and you don’t have to worry about it. This is my utility room basically it was a a propane fired hot water tank that fed the infloor radiant heat system and also provided hot domestic water. There’s 17.4 million containers in the world and.
Threequarters of them are sitting empty and so they’re readily available and they’re relatively inexpensive and also they provide a great deal of structural properties. The largest challenge was to insulate the cabin I was hoping to stay here for four seasons. I came up with insulating the interior walls with spray foam and then the openings where the steel doors are insulated with bats. I was able to get an Rvalue about R22 for all the walls which makes surviving the winter more.I guess more enjoyable. Water sources were an issue. My neighbors were kind enough to let me fill up my water tote so I.
Would either drive my tractor over and pick up the water or make arrangements and travel into the closest town and fill up my water so I trucked all my water in. For the energy side I designed a two kilowatt solar system. I use the outhouse as my primary washroom. After watching many people before me make tiny houses I I really liked the idea of downsizing and simplifying your life. By moving to a smaller space it forced me to select what mattered in my life. I grew up around offgrid systems.my grandfather built his first hydro site in the 40s to power his house and his business and my father did the same and.
I wanted to do something similar so I guess it’s been in my family for three generations so it just felt natural. I enjoy simple wellthoughtout things and this incorporates a lot of my interests into just a smaller spot. I feel that being responsible and sustainable goes handinhand with welldesigned systems. My passion is design and having a holistic lifestyle is also passion of mine and they just they marry very well. I just graduated from school so I am starting my own business in the solar renewable energy field trying to, I guess, empower.
People to to do similar things that I’ve been doing. I lived in the house for twoandahalf years fulltime. the cabin is 355 square feet and most people would consider that small or tiny. To be honest I didn’t spend that much time inside the cabin. It’s where I prepared and ate food, and slept, and then read most evenings but when I was home I’d be outside where I prefer to be, in nature. Living here by myself for twoandahalf years with just me and my dog.
Some people might have thought it would have been boring or quiet but I was never bored. There was always something fun, or interesting, or new to discover, ,or to learn. The time I spent here was kind of like meditation. it was a time to reflect on my life, so I really enjoyed my time here.
Lost at sea Ecological assessment around a sunken shipping container
The vast majority of the deep seafloor is unseen, and completely remote from human experience. But it is not immune to the impacts of human activities. Around the world, coastal and international cargo ships make hundreds of thousands of trips annually. Each ship may transport thousands of standard shipping containers, resulting in hundreds of millions of container trips per year. These numbers are only growing with increased global population. Most of this cargo arrives at its destination safely as scheduled. However, the routes traveled by cargo ships can be treacherous, and container loss is difficult to prevent.
ItÃ•s estimated that thousands of containers are lost each year as they are transported along international shipping routes. While this is a small percentage of the containers being transported, the impact on the health of our ocean is uncertain. During a remotely operated vehicle dive in June 2004, MBARI scientists came upon one of these lost containers. The tracking information printed on the container was used to determine that it was lost just four months prior, from the cargo vessel Med Taipei. Because the container was found within the boundaries of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, there was particular interest in.
Determining the circumstances of its loss. The Med Taipei, sailing from the Port of Oakland, reported that fifteen containers were lost within the sanctuary boundaries during a strong winter storm, and another nine were lost before reaching port in Long Beach. Coming across a shipping container in the deep sea is akin to finding a needle in a haystack. A partnership between MBARI and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has taken advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about the presumed effects of a single container on deepsea ecosystems. Scientists returned to the site seven years later to investigate the communities of animals on and around the container.
The seafloor near the found shipping container is dominated by relatively longlived soft coralsÃ‘sea pens, sea whips, and anemonesÃ‘and a sea cucumber, called the sea pig. However, the container was found to be well colonized by animals typically found on rock outcrops in the region, as if it were an island of hard substrate in a sea of soft sediment. The most abundant animals on the container were tubebuilding worms. Numerous young scallops were also present. The container seemed to provide a useful hard surface for a marine snail to lay its egg cases on. While all of these animals are found on hard surfaces in nearby areas, the abundance and.
Diversity of animal species on the containerÃ‘and the seafloor up to 10 meters awayÃ‘was lower than that typically encountered in the area. This reduced biodiversity may be due in part to the absence of some animals found in rocky habitats in the region including longlived sponges, corals, and feather stars none of which were observed during our survey of the container. The absence of sponges and corals suggests that either, seven years is a relatively short timeframe for colonization by some deepsea animals, or, the potential toxicity of the containerÃ•s zincbased paint could deter more sensitive animals from settling on its.
Surface. We are just beginning to look into the potential toxicity associated with this container. The lower number of animals close to the container may be related to several processes, including changes in nearbottom currents around the container, its role as a refuge for some species, and changes in the influence of predators and scavengers near the container. The presence of lost shipping containers on deep seafloor ecosystems is a consequence of human activities that is rarely seen or even considered. This study sheds light on the importance of basic research to understand the structure and function of deepsea habitats.
Longterm views of natural deepsea ecosystems can help us better understand the impacts of human influence on the deep seafloor.