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    These are cool. I know someone in this business. If you live way out in the country where there are no building codes, have water and want solar, this is your thing.

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    Guess you'd need a lot of insulation for those in Scandinavia. Maybe thermal mass on the outside could work.

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    Structurally, these are essentially mobile homes or "trailers" as you'd say in the U.S.

    Trailers tend to be really unhealthy to live in. Hersir has already mentioned the insulation problem. Unless you add considerable thermal mass, in a cold winter even in ireland, this things would be condensation-filled ice-boxes.

    I'd recommend a prefab log-cabin over one of these things any day. Once all was said and done the price would be pretty similar, but timber has far better insulation properties than sheet metal and it's durability is not in question. Timber houses can last hundreds of years if treated properly.

    Regarding price, log cabins start at 30K for a small 50 square metre 2 storey 2 bedroom cabin. For a structure that will be economical to heat and last 100 years, it's for nothing really.

    http://timbercabins.ie/index.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Horned God View Post
    Structurally, these are essentially mobile homes or "trailers" as you'd say in the U.S.

    Trailers tend to be really unhealthy to live in. Hersir has already mentioned the insulation problem. Unless you add considerable thermal mass, in a cold winter even in ireland, this things would be condensation-filled ice-boxes.
    That is exactly what they would be like. I live in the Midwest America where the winters are cold and summers are hot. You need thermal mass to save energy.

    Then there is the threat of tornados, these things would go flying around like crazy even with good anchors.

    Instead of the term "Trailer Trash" we would have the term " Container Creatures"
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    i see people are on the right track

    we had an old lady die one winter who was living in one.

    i have built a thousand or so shipping containers and i own a 20' one and i can say i would have something as a weekender but not as a permanent residence

    a mud brick house would be better.

    building codes "seem" to be stricter here than the USA as i have seen a number of things that would be illegal here in youtube videos, everything must be engineered and "permanently"(thats an odd one for me i often unattach permanent things its part of my trade) attached to the ground eg cement pilings with steel reinforcing then welded to the steel.

    Electrical, rain water and drainage,plumbing etc etc more rules.

    shacks can be built but they have killed it off with more rules the same with caravans you need permits etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by theTasmanian View Post

    building codes "seem" to be stricter here than the USA as i have seen a number of things that would be illegal here in youtube videos,
    It all depends on what state, county, township and city/town you live in. I have seen people trying to get trailers banned in certain counties. I'm fine with that, they lower property values if one is close to you.

    For a weekend home, maybe but I think the Horned God is in the right direction with a log cabin.
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    Apparently the key is thermal insulation and condensation control, Here a section of the wall there is lots of space for pipes cables and insulation:


    http://www.containerhomeplans.org/20...ontainer-home/

    http://www.containerhomeplans.org/20...ner-home-cool/

    Banks here in SA wont finance such builds...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Horned God View Post
    Timber houses can last hundreds of years if treated properly.[/url]
    Indeed, the life time of a proper log house is remarkable. The oldest timber building in Norway was built around 1170 C.E. and is still going strong.



    However, to my knowledge, the longevity of a log house is not so much about how you treat it once it has been set up, but all the work and treatment during the process leading up to the finishing of the house. A lot of modern log house fabricators don't have the sufficient skills and knowledge for their structures to last as long as they potentially could. After "post-and-beam" construction took over as the most popular method of house building in the 19th century, at least here in Norway, a lot of wisdom concerning tree selection and treatment, as well as its structural strengths and weaknesses, were to a large degree lost.

    Supposedly, if you know how to properly build and "groom" the trees you want to use for up to 15 years before you take them down, a log house can get to be 1000 years old, no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Žoreišar View Post
    Indeed, the life time of a proper log house is remarkable. The oldest timber building in Norway was built around 1170 C.E. and is still going strong.



    However, to my knowledge, the longevity of a log house is not so much about how you treat it once it has been set up, but all the work and treatment during the process leading up to the finishing of the house. A lot of modern log house fabricators don't have the sufficient skills and knowledge for their structures to last as long as they potentially could. After "post-and-beam" construction took over as the most popular method of house building in the 19th century, at least here in Norway, a lot of wisdom concerning tree selection and treatment, as well as its structural strengths and weaknesses, were to a large degree lost.

    Supposedly, if you know how to properly build and "groom" the trees you want to use for up to 15 years before you take them down, a log house can get to be 1000 years old, no problem.
    I lived in a log house for 13 years. They look great but they require much more maintenance both interior and exterior than other houses.

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