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We now use the power generated by the sun, to power the air conditioner that keeps us cool.

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I have produced an instruction manual for how I built the off-grid shipping container house. You can get a copy from http://www.buildshippingcontainerhouse.com

 

 

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The evenings at the container were getting cooler and it was apparent a heat source was needed. Wood burning stoves are not cheap and the budget was low. After a short while a ‘safe” became available and Robin and I made a stove with some help from Jacob. Robin incorporated the tie down hooks into the design of the drop latches. The fire works a treat and we are all very proud of it.

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We were gifted two solar panels that heat up water. This was the trial to see if they work. The trial was VERY successful and they will be incorporated into the final design.

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The containers were delivered by truck and lifted into place with a 50 tonne crane. All the foundations posts were in the right place!

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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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