Last night was a bit of a doozy as the shortest member of our family had a pretty horrible asthma attack around 2am.  With about zero hours of sleep and a full workday done, my brain is quickly entering the shutdown zone.  So, my mildly control freak self is about to hand over the reins to the man of this house.  I expect a fair number of grammatical errors, perhaps some trailing thoughts, but still, a little something wonderful.  Thank you for offering to do this Ryan.

Goodnight. Avidazen. Buenas noches. Enjoy.Soleil.


Hello there everyone!

After at least 4 reminders that its getting close to midnight and I should hurry up and write the blog post, Brook has let go of control and is off to meet her dreams. Trailing thought #1 – Bob Vila, ABC news, Clemson University, and The Huffington Post are all supporting shipping container homes now? WOW. Guess this idea is spreading huh? Pretty awesome!

I figure tonight would be a good time to address the third option in insulating our home… radiant barriers and reflective insulation systems.


Common insulation systems such as spray foam, batts, boards, loose blown in fill, and SIP’s resist conductive and sometimes convective heat flow. Radiant barriers and reflective insulation systems work in a completely different way, reflecting radiant heat away from the living space. Usually radiant barriers are installed in attics to reduce summer heat. Reflective insulation typically consists of highly reflective aluminum foils.

supertherm“Radiant heat travels in a straight line away from any surface and heats anything solid that absorbs its energy. When the sun heats a roof, it’s primarily the sun’s radiant energy that makes the roof hot. A large portion of this heat travels by conduction through the roofing materials to the attic side of the roof. The hot roof material then radiates its gained heat energy onto the cooler attic surfaces, including the air ducts and the attic floor. A radiant barrier reduces the radiant heat transfer from the underside of the roof to the other surfaces in the attic. To be effective, it must face an air space.” –

standing seam roof(1)There are two forms of radiant barriers that we plan to use with our home. One is a reflective foil that we will be installing under our roof. Another is Supertherm which is HIGHLY criticized by many in the construction industry as a farce. Supertherm is a paint additive developed by NASA for the space shuttles to reflect heat gain from traveling through Earths atmosphere. We are planning on painting our roof with white Supertherm paint and possibly the inside of the exterior walls of our home as well. I would like to throw out a poll to see what people think of Supertherm as there is SO much debate on this subject…

Whelp, time for few final “trailing thoughts”…

Thank you Brook for my amazing 27th birthday present! A new 18volt Dewalt drill set and a sawzall. They have already preformed wonderfully with the deconstruction of the 1970’s home we are in the midst of and I am very excited to use them for construction purposes soon!


Here are a few GREAT ideas which we are thinking about using for heating our home! trombe_wall_w_overhang The Trombe Wall and Solar Chimney are amazing. The Trombe Wall allows heat to absorb into a cement wall or floor and radiate into your home. With ventilation shafts built into the Trombe Wall, you can create a Solar Chimney which will allow this system to cool your home in the summertime as well by drawing cool air in and pushing hot air out!

trombe_wall_as_solar_chimneyOne last great solar heating idea… tin cans. I believe we will be using this for our home once we have it built. There are a million videos out there which show many different ways to make these tin can heating systems… here is one to give you an idea of how it can be done:

I hope you have enjoyed my first post and on that note it’s time for me to meet my dreams as well. Goodnight.


4 thoughts on “Ryan Can Type?!?

  1. It appears to me that supertherm is bunk and hocus pocus, don’t buy into it. We painted our roof with rubberized roofing paint (white), you could detect a difference in the summer with a couple of degree change in our bedroom. I suspect that these people are counting on the white aspect of the paint when painted on an exterior wall, roof as proof. You may have seen this already.


    1. Hello Paul,

      Thank you for the advice. I have read many articles on the falsity of insulating paint, and though I do not expect it to work as insulation, it does make sense how a paint with heat reflective qualities would make a difference.

      I think we will start by simply painting our roof white as you did yours and see where things go from there. At the very least white paint will be lighter on our budget then supertherm!

      Thanks again for your comment and glad to have you following the blog!


  2. Hello! I was reading your blog and wondering if you applied the supertherm? I´m modifying a shipping container for a small cafe and was thinking about insulating with the supertherm. Did it work for you? would you recommend it? thanks!

    1. Hello! No, we did not use Supertherm. All of our exterior walls are about to be insulated with closed cell spray foam insulation and our ceiling plus some interior walls will be insulated with batt insulation. The spray foam is super important because it takes care of the condensation issues.

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