Insulation – Shipping Containers

Containers can be regulated according to their use

The atmosphere inside any home or office determines the comfort of the space and how well you function. Temperature inside a container is very much dependant on the surrounding climate. For dynamic use of your container you need to tend to its insulation. Insulating the space maintains a consistent temperature and has other benefits as seen below.

insulated interior

Why do I need insulation?

  • Sound: Your use of the container may produce loud noise for example when it’s used as a workshop. Or you may use it in the middle of extreme noise such as a building contractor’s on site office. For these scenarios insulation keeps noise in or out, so all parties involved will experience less frustration.
  • Temperature: A containers is a strong solid steel component but it’s only ideal for the people using it if a moderate temperate is maintained. By insulating a container heat created by air conditioning can be kept inside the unit, or extreme heat can be kept outside. If your container is used for transporting cargo or sensitive storage, temperature control is vital if you have goods that can spoil. By insulating the container it’s easier to keep a consistent temperature along with cooling systems.
  • Law: In order to have permanent building plans registered, insulation is a standard requirement which you need to comply with.

Containers can be insulated against heat or cold

Insulation helps in hot or cold parts of the world by channelling heat correctly.

  • Cold climates: In extreme cold the inside of the container will feel like an icebox. Heaters can generate warmth and by adding a layer of insulation heat can’t escape as easily. A cosy temperature can be attained which will benefit all inside.
  • Warm climates: The solid steel components baking in the hot sun turn containers into ovens. Air ventilation and air conditioning help to create cooler air, but it will keep on heating up unless there’s some insulation. Insulation keeps the heat on the outside of the container, allowing the inside a chance to be cooled down for a more comfortable working and living environment.

How can I insulate my container?

The good news is you can acquire an NOR (Non Operating Reefer) as a container. These containers may already have insulation as part of their design if they were used for transporting items that needed to be kept at a cold and constant temperature. Otherwise, there are many ways of insulating a customised container. The efficacy of each translates into an R-rating. Your requirements and budget will help you decide on the most appropriate option.

  • Foam Insulation: This is a pricier but effective option. It can be applied to the inside and/or the outside and is an easy way of making sure all holes are covered. This option achieves the best R-rating.
  • Insulation panels: This is a great DIY option. You simply attach pre-cut panels into the gaps of the walling. Its R-rating is still very high at 7,5.
  • Blanket insulation: This is an easy and affordable insulation option. Material is placed inside stud walling gaps. If fibreglass is part of the material you need to handle it with great care.
  • Eco-friendly: Using wool or cotton as insulation translates into leaving a smaller carbon footprint than other substances.

How do you benefit from insulated containers?

Insulating your container creates a comfortable workspace. When your NOR is being used as sensitive storage it’s imperative correct temperatures are kept. There are many benefits for the long run and a range of options open up with insulated containers:

  • Health: By insulating a solid steel component you prevent spiking temperatures from helping the formation of mould. For people, this translates into healthy living and for businesses such as fresh produce markets it creates an easy way of setting up a stall without concerns about the food spoiling easily.
  • Budgets: Healthy living and merchandise that stay fresh for longer translates into less money spent in the long run.
  • Functionality: By creating comfortable and even cool living or working space, the options of how a container can be used open up even more:
    • Florists can store flowers without worrying about excessive heat
    • Offices can be placed anywhere while comfortable working environments are created with great work results
    • Accommodation for low cost housing can be offered with the added benefit of comfortable interior temperatures without a large capital investment

What is your next project? How can an insulated container help you reach your goal?