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If you’ve been a reader of our site for any length of time you will know the most important thing when building your shipping container home is making sure you get your insulation right. This doesn’t bode well when we take shipping containers and use them as habitable homes, because as we know, homes require ventilation. Poor ventilation can go both ways, you can either have a home which has a lack of ventilation and doesn’t allow the movement of external air to enter your shipping container. Having poor ventilation within your container can cause harm to both your home and the people living within it.
Mold is a fungus which when left untreated can be very expensive to remove and when its fumes are inhaled by a human can cause harm. Poor ventilation has been linked with numerous human diseases such as: pneumonia, dry eyes and nausea.
Poor ventilation can also lead to a build-up of condensation which can cause your steel containers to rust. Also, because the air has nowhere to go, any scent within your home will linger and cause a build-up of generally unwanted scents! So we know that a lack of ventilation can cause a whole host of problems but perhaps the biggest problem it will cause you is condensation.
When warm air touches a surface that is colder than itself, the moisture within the warm air escapes onto the colder surface.
This occurs when warm air gets inside your home and touches the cold internal walls of your containers- however in poorly ventilated homes this isn’t so common.
So now we know what can happen if your containers don’t have sufficient ventilation, it’s time to address how you can ventilate your containers. Passive ventilation gives you the ability to ventilate your home without having to spend lots of money.
The cheapest, and most common, way to provide your containers with passive ventilation is to fit either vents or a whirly bird onto your container. Another great way to passively ventilate your container is by designing it in such a way to utilise the wind to blow through your home. Containers of hope is a shipping container home in San Jose, Costa Rica which uses windows placed just beneath its roof to allow air to blow through the containers.
We have also seen smart building design with Vissershok Primary School in South Africa- who decided to use shipping containers for classrooms.
Vissershok Primary School placed lots of small windows along both sides of the shipping containers wall, this again allows air to blow straight through the container and remove stale air.
In certain climates, such as very humid places like southern Brazil, passive ventilation is insufficient and mechanical ventilation is required.


In fact in many countries like the US, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom it is a building regulation standard to fit mechanical ventilation in kitchens and bathrooms.
People normally fit an extractor fan (which is a type of exhaust-only mechanical ventilation) to meet this building regulation. This fan allows the humidity to be extracted out of your home before it settles on a surface and turns into moisture and damp. This means in moisture prone areas such as bathrooms and kitchens air can be extracted, and fresh air can be blown into other areas of your home such as the lounge and bedrooms. Using a balanced ventilation system you can very easily manage the moisture and humidity levels in your home.
Although not a mechanical ventilation device, a dehumidifier can help stop many of the problems caused by bad ventilation. One issue which we haven’t discussed so far is the importance of ensuring your foundation is ventilated; this is also known as crawl space ventilation.
Failure to ventilate your foundation can bring back that dreaded condensation which can cause your foundation some serious problem such as mold and rot. The most common way to stop moisture and allow ventilation underneath your foundation is to use vents.
In-fact many areas stipulate through their building code that you must use vents to provide your foundation with air flow. Vented crawl spaces work well in cold climates, however, in humid climates using a vented crawl space can actually do more damage than good, because the external air is normally more humid than the air already in the crawl space. In humid climates it would be better to seal off the airflow to your crawl space completely and use a dehumidifier. Failure to do this will cause you a whole host of issues such as: damp, rust, condensation and highly fluctuating internal temperatures.
Without providing your container with effective ventilation, whether passive or mechanical, you are asking for serious problems with your newly built home.
Not to worry though- as today we are going to address exactly how you can ventilate your shipping container home.
Or, you can have a home which provides too much ventilation and proves either impossible or very expensive to maintain a consistent temperature with your container. In addition it has also been linked with respiratory diseases, the most common of which is asthma.
This rust can also affect any metal pipework (such as your plumbing) which run throughout your container.
The first method being passive ventilation and the second method being mechanical ventilation.


Mechanical ventilation such as air conditioning requires a hefty energy bill, however, passive ventilation utilizes the earth’s natural elements to ventilate your home. Placing vents onto your containers allows air to blow both and in out of your containers just by utilising the wind. You place vents on the side of your container in which the wind blows into and then place vents on the opposite side of your container. These strategically placed windows keep the container cool on hot summer days and it also helps to reduce the humidity of the containers.
Depending on your country the minimum amount of extraction required is 15 litres per second in each room. The fan should be fitted as high as possible on the wall which is furthest away from the main source of air placement (either your door or window). This is where instead of the fan pushing stale air out of your home, the fan sucks fresh air into the home. A dehumidifier reduces the level of humidity in the air and thus can reduce the water content and stop condensation occurring and corroding your containers! For instance, if you have a raft (slab-on-grade) foundation then you won’t physically able to ventilate it.
In addition, if your shipping container floor hasn’t been insulated you can experience even more problems such as moisture rising up from underneath the containers into your floor. These vents are typically fitted with a wire mesh screen which keeps pests and insects out of your crawl space.
Ventilation becomes even more important when we consider ‘tiny’ shipping container homes which are less than 600 square feet, because any ventilation issue is enhanced due to the small space.
Wemust remember when goods are inside of containers the last thing we want in there is corrosive saltwater! You’ve probably smelt this before if you’ve walked into an old room which hasn’t had any fresh air for a while.
This allows air to blow in through vents on one side of your containers and out of the vents on the other side of your container. Supply only ventilation is very useful when your home has passive ventilation systems in place and you just need to increase this passive ventilation on hot days. However if you have a concrete pier foundation, or any other type of raised foundation, then you need to ensure you have sufficient air flow underneath your containers.




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