abe June 29, 2011 10:10 PM I never understood these articles. I assume shipping container are re-used. Pure metal, so they are very recyclable. Why would you want to build ANYTHING our of used steel, you are just causing the market to mine more steel. All of these areticles ASSUME that you need to do something with used containers, but never explain WHY. ANYONE? Slowburn June 29, 2011 10:14 PM It looks like an inefficient us of steel to me. Facebook User June 29, 2011 11:51 PM Dumbest things I\'ve ever seen. Slowburn June 30, 2011 12:10 AM abe - June 29, 2011 @ 06:10 pm PDT---- It is currently cheaper for China to build new shipping containers than it is to ship empty containers back to China. Andrew Rockefeller June 30, 2011 09:52 AM I have to agree with Abe on this one. Typically shipping container designs are an excellent proposition for third world housing solutions. In this case however, I think the obvious necessity of additional structural steel negates any positive benfit of the reuse of the containers. You\'d be better off just designing the structure you need, then strip containers and use resulting panels for cladding. The design reeks of placing an importance on trying to look more eco than actually being eco. All that said, the design would be somewhat intersesting if there were a dock within seight providing some contextural value to the design choice. nayehieona June 30, 2011 12:17 PM Greetings! Since shipping containers are already made and available, they are an accessible commodity, that with a little creativity, effort and resources can be converted into useful, viable structures. They save additional materials, energy and time. We as a society must begin to think \"outside the box\" of conventionality if we are to remain successful. Recycling materials is paramount to this end. GOD Bless! Robert Sawtelle June 30, 2011 01:47 PM Could they be recycled? Sure, but being sold as components for building they generally go for more than the going scrap rate. That is the dollars and cents business model to why they all simply are not scrapped. Shipping them empty or full of scrap back to China requires that they be rated as \'sea worthy\' which means they are NOT in the category to be scrapped out anyway. The ones that are being decommissioned are no longer rated as sea worthy. So finding uses for them is a good thing. I have three on my property that I am using for out buildings, one is a shop with attached lean to style greenhouse, one is a storage building soon to be craft area and the third is an insulated reefer that I\'m hoping to convert to a guest space. They are also not all \'pure steel\', most have wood floors and many have other materials that would need to be separated for scrapping. In my case they make very affordable solid structures. I know many other people who use them in similar fashion. However I will be surprised if this gets approved as the counties have been denying building projects using them as they don\'t have the engineering calcs and codes to apply to them in such a way. Albert Sudonim June 30, 2011 02:53 PM A bit of study and research on the topic of container architecture would help inform the comments here. Griffin June 30, 2011 04:02 PM Ask the ultra-poor around the world living in cardboard boxes in garbage dumps. It\'s the labor. If you had raw steel and wanted to make storm proof-houses, how much would that cost? How would you deliver them? WOULDN\'T UNWANTED SHIPPING CONTAINERS BE CHEAPER AND EASIER? Dave B13 June 30, 2011 04:09 PM Just call me ANYONE. A shipping container\'s usefull life as a shipping container is just 5 years, I don\'t know why. When the used containers are put to building uses you don\'t spend the energy to melt them down to form them into building materials or other items, you just do some refinishing and modifcations.