ABOUT ECOSLEEK CONTAINER HOMES
Whether you're recovering from a natural disaster, reducing your ecological footprint, or simply ready for a new home, EcoSleek Container Homes support your modern lifestyle. Not only will you have a high-quality, custom-designed home, but your home will be delivered as a nearly-complete package. Our experienced builders craft your EcoSleek Container Home a controlled workshop environment and install onsite it onsite in a matter of days or weeks, not months. No utilities to your building site? No problem. How about an off-grid home? We make it easy and elegant.
These features are used for our EcoSleek Container Homes and are the same as what we use for our large scale LEED-certified hotels, apartments, townhomes, and commercial buildings. But these features are just the foundation for sustainable living. We will incorporate additional features to suit your sustainable lifestyle.
Intermodal shipping containers are the ultimate in modular transportation for goods. Built to standard dimensions, these uniform metal boxes are designed for durability. Whether fighting seawater and heavy winds on a cargo ship or moving at high speed down the rails or roads, shipping containers are strong and sturdy.
When they're done moving cargo, we repurpose the containers as building blocks for modern dwellings. Containers are 8' or 9' tall and 8' wide and come in 10', 20' an 40' lengths. We double them up to make 16' wide rooms, stack them, cantilever them to make dramatic configurations and cut out doors and windows.
HEALTHY INDOOR AIR
Composite wood products like plywood and laminate flooring as well as paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and insulation can contain toxic chemicals that have no business being in your home. We carefully select materials without toxic additives to ensure superior indoor environmental quality. Equally important is the purchasing of the shipping containers themselves; we confirm prior uses to ensure EcoSleek homes are built in clean, chemical-free enclosures. And while we want a tightly sealed home for energy efficiency, we also know the importance of bringing clean, fresh air into your home.
SALVAGED AND RECYCLED MATERIALS
You've heard the mantra, "reduce, reuse, recycle." The best way to reduce the negative environmental impact of your new home is to use materials that already exist. With a container home, you start with a repurposed metal box as your structure and exterior "envelope." Unique found elements can also be incorporated into your custom home, saving money, telling a story, and creating visual interest.
Whether you're interested in a tiny home or something larger, we help you to shrink your ecological footprint. EcoSleek Container Homes use a combination of passive design strategies (like using shade and prevailing winds to keep your house cool) and active strategies (such as energy generation using photovoltaic solar panels) to reduce energy costs.
It's not the size of your home that makes it right for you, it's how well it functions to meet your needs. We right-size your home and eliminate wasteful spaces like hallways. We make rooms do double duty with fold-away beds, pull-out tables, and tucked-away storage.
One of the best ways to manage your energy and water use is to be able to monitor and manage consumption. Meters, sensors, and programmed controls can be used to help you to stay within your energy and water budgets.
Solar photovoltaic panels convert sunlight into electricity, which can be stored in batteries or (depending on where you live) sold back to the power grid to offset your electric bills. The price of solar panels has come down in recent years, making your return-on-investment much quicker. In order to generate as much electricity as you need to run your home, however, it's important to first reduce your demands for electricity as much as possible. Using LED lighting, insulation, efficient windows, weatherstripping, high-efficiency heating/cooling systems and Energy Star appliances helps lower your need for electricity.
UNDERFLOOR RADIANT HEAT
Using water pipes embedded in your floor - either within concrete or under tiles - is a very efficient way to heat your home. The tiles and/or concrete have a good ability to hold the heat extracted from the hot water and evenly release it into the cool air of your room, creating comfort where you need it.
SOLAR HOT WATER HEATING
Solar hot water heating systems are different from photovoltaic "solar" panels in that they use evacuated tubes, copper pipes, or black hose to directly heat water as the sun beats down on the system. The hot water is then piped to your hot water tank where the temperature is regulated. Photovoltaic panels, by contrast, create electricity, which is stored in batteries or used immediately by energy-consuming equipment. We love solar thermal systems because they are so logical, inexpensive, and offer a quick return on investment.
We incorporate rainwater and greywater (from handwashing, showers, laundry, etc. where permitted by local health departments) into an efficient, interconnected system, reducing domestic water demands.
NO WATER / LOW WATER FIXTURES
Preferences vary greatly when it comes to toilets. Dual-flush toilets come standard in EcoSleek Container Homes, but bidet seats, composting toilets, and other toilet styles are available.
Faucets and showerheads are low-flow, but without compromising comfort or effectiveness.
GREEN ROOF AND WALLS
Vegetated or "green" roofs and wall s are beneficial for many reasons. Not only do they create lovely landscapes, they filter stormwater, create habitat for birds and insects, and allow rainwater to be sent back into the atmosphere through evapotranspiration. They also provide shade for your roof or wall, keeping the building cooler. After establishment, they are relatively maintenance free and do not require irrigation. Of course, if you decide to become an urban farmer (see advanced features, below), your building can create food for your table.
These additional features allow you to make optimal use of available natural resources, to further reduce your ecological footprint, and to live in a more integrated fashion with the land.
Principal, GreenShape LLC
Developer of EcoSleek Container Homes
Iris and her team have helped to create a green economy, providing expert guidance for the design and construction of over 100 LEED-certified commercial, governmental and institutional buildings in Washington, DC and beyond. In creating EcoSleek Container Homes, Iris brings her knowledge of integrated design and her passion for modern architecture together to make homes that real people can enjoy.
ARE ECOSLEEK CONTAINER HOMES DIFFERENT FROM MOBILE HOMES?
EcoSleek container homes are built with prefabricated components that may be similar dimensions as "mobile" (now referred to as manufactured) homes, however, shipping containers remain rigid in transit so higher quality construction and finishes can be used. The quality of EcoSleek Container Homes is more similar to custom "stick built" homes than manufactured homes.
WHAT AREAS DOES ECOSLEEK WORK IN?
EcoSleek container homes can be shipped to anywhere in the world with access to a port that accepts intermodal shipping containers. Our architects and engineers meet you in your home or via Skype to understand the features of your site and your personal needs. We develop the design with your input and approval.
HOW MUCH DO ECOSLEEK HOMES COST
The final cost of your EcoSleek Container Home depends on a number of factors including your location, square footage, permitting process, cost of land and site preparations, etc. Tell us a bit about what you're thinking and we'll provide pricing information for you.
WHAT BUILDING CODES AND STANDARDS DO ECOSLEEK CONTAINER HOMES MEET?
EcoSleek homes are designed to meet the US Department of Housing National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5401-5426) or your local building code, whichever is more stringent.
CAN YOU DESIGN A NET ZERO HOME?
Yes, we can design a home that generates as much electricity as it uses, captures water and waste and uses natural systems to generate food and potable water. The key to this is you, how you live, and what kind of changes you're willing to make to live in a wholly self-sustaining way.
WILL I HAVE A LEED-CERTIFIED HOME?
If having a LEED certification is of value to you, it's no problem. We're experts in LEED and other green building rating systems. It really just comes down to a bit of time and money to go through the certification process. Either way, your home will be designed to meet LEED standards at the Gold to Platinum levels.
Get in touch with EcoSleek to learn more about our services.