So you want to build with shipping containers but don't want the
hassle of having to insulate? Refrigerated shipping containers come in
the same modular sizing as other ISO containers but have the distinct
advantage of already being highly insulated. This benefit does come at a
cost though, as they are more expensive than standard containers.
Refrigerated storage containers are more readily available in 20’ (6m) and 40’ (12m) sizes, and are often referred to as ‘reefers’.
There are variations in this style of container depending on the goods that they are transporting, and whether they require full refrigeration.
For building purposes it is worth noting whether a container you are considering purchasing is refrigerated or insulated as this can affect the internal size of the unit you buy. .
Insulated containers can have various types of insulation which will affect the price and the R value.
Keep in mind that refrigerated and insulated units are much heavier due to the extra weight of the insulation and interior skin.
Creating openings in an insulated container will reduce the insulative qualities so consider double glazing for doors and windows.
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