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Port shipping containers Newcastle NSW gets containers from around the world. The containers are use to ship products around the globe on ships and are never transported empty. This means they grow in large quantities at the docks of all the major ports. We requested “premium grade” containers and they came from Sydney to Newcastle where they were refurbished. We had them  painted green. We added “thermilate” to the paint. Thermilate is a powder that helps the isulation. The powder is a ceramic bead filled with a vacuum that resists conducting heat. It can create a 7 degree drop in temp with only a thin layer.

Added to pain for insulation


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Welcome to this diary of building an off the grid home built from re-used shipping containers.

Objectives: Build and live in an environmentaly friendly, sustainable dwelling in the bush in Australia in sustainable luxury. Generate all water, electricity, heating and cooling needed localy. Plant a small garden and food forest. Build and maintain the dwelling with as much re-used building material as is practical.

Inspiration for the house

The project was started in 2010 when two 40ft containers were purchased.

A temporary location was identified for the containers to go until they were tested and ready for delivery to a final location. All work has to leave the containers fit for transportation again, so modular removable and repeatable processes are used. Example, the roof can be removed in small sections for later assembly.

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