posted on Sep, 22 2011 @ 01:38 PM
A metal box is like your car, it creates a "valence shell" (especially if properly grounded) so no harm to the occupant.
Your home already has a ground rod, look at your electrical panel and your water lines, you'll see a thick copper wire that leads outside and is
buried several feet into the earth.
I love some of the designs linked to in this thread, although I still caution that to achieve the more elaborate you'll spend a lot more than you
would using conventional construction. The other big hang-up is urban building codes. Obviously if you live in a remote area and have minimal codes
(or none, like in parts of Montana) this could be a great way to build a home/shelter for little cost, but in most parts you have to comply with
building codes and this is where things get expensive. I worked with a builder putting in a container home and we had to not only put it on a full
slab but build into the slab a cellar with outside access to contain the utilities. Having to do all that eradicated the cost savings of going with a
container. Most cities will also not permit a container home in the same fashion they'll block a trailer home or mobile home, i.e., they're restricted
by zoning laws. Even going with a much more conventional pre-fab style home has some zoning issues that can add to costs.
I think most people will find out that to turn a container into a nice livable home isn't any more cost-effective than utilizing any of the vast
number of pre-fab architecture out there. Containers have their pros, but they also have a number of cons.
On a similar note, anyone remember the old boxcar homes that were the rage from the 40's and 50's? I still see some of these when traveling through
northern Minnesota. An old railroad boxcar with it's wheels removed and a porch slapped on over the door and instant home.
edit on 22-9-2011
by Blackmarketeer because: (no reason given)