We have designed a Containerized Housing Unit or “CHU” for single resident occupancy. The term CHU, popularized during the Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) campaign is a modular, adaptable construction platform. Warrior Homesteads has significantly modified the initial concept, using thrift and green technology to minimize the recurring overhead costs of a typically built home. From the restoration of shipping containers to solar panel mounting and use of recycled products available at the time of construction -- .our unique designs are based upon function, comfort and upgradable sustainability.
The face of the house (the long side, with two planter beds end to end), faces south by slightly southwest. This is the proper angle for maximum solar capture. Every house we build will take this into consideration.
In this model, the 39 degree roof slope (where stovepipe protrudes) is specifically constructed to harvest maximal passive south by southwest solar energy capture. The timbered patio roof is an installation that meets annual snowfall considerations. The greenhouse, which contributes passive solar energy gain (PSG) can also heat the interior, warm water, and grow produce.
Every unit we build, whether for one person or ten, will include a greenhouse. This simple addition allows for a myriad of green technology to be deployed. A good example of this is P.S.G. (Passive Solar Gain). P.S.G. can be utilized to heat your home, grow vegetables, heat your water, and even cook your food. If implemented correctly, you can grow food year round in these greenhouses. This is a key factor in how the homes are built, considering its great adaptability.
This model is independent of local sewage service. It is equipped with two sinks and a shower. It is also outfitted with a grey water abatement /recapture system which channels grey water back into the water table. Grey water can also be repurposed to water gardens more arid regions where law allows. Because city water was available at this site, digging a well wasn’t necessary.
The “Nature’s Head®” state of the art, composting toilet is the most efficient, modern solution when sewage lines are unavailable. Odor free and self-contained, the unit also features a small ventilation fan that runs on the CHU’s 12 v DC lighting circuits.
All lighting circuits in the model are 12v DC . Use of these circuits enables use of solar power to recharge them. Use of 12v DC also allows for direct battery backup in the event of a power outage (if on grid electric services are also used).
A cast iron wood burning stove provides a unique air circulation system that runs on a 7v DC battery, which is less than an alarm clock. It will circulate air warmed by the greenhouse’s passive solar gain or with wood. Any stove pellet, wood, or briquette fuel may be used. The unit heats water and cooks food.
Homes can be .equipped with a mini refrigerator if it uses no more than a total of 35 w. This is especially handy when only solar power energy is used. The cabinet the refrigerator rests in is ventilated and insulated to ensure proper temperature exchange. It may be unplugged in the winter to conserve wattage use.
Although designed with sustainability and cost containment in mind, a Warrior Homesteads kitchen is aesthetically appealing. This renewable , poured concrete countertop is durable and attractive . Porcelain or other floor tiling options are possible, depending upon design and color preferences.
Extending from the concrete countertop is a space saving fold out dinette table with fold down chairs (which can be easily stored in the greenhouse) Atop the counter is a television which runs on 12v DC . With on grid electric availability, it can be hard wired to run for long hours of entertainment.