As some of you know, I'm building a shipping container house. It's covered on the outside with eps insulation. I'm still moving much slower than I think it should. The photos on G+ detail my experiences with building this structure. I do plan to detail the construction in a year or so.
Basically, there are three containers bolted and welded to each other and a 2 foot tall stem wall. There are several unattached columns underneath the structure to take the bounce out of the floors. They also reduce the bounce from earthquakes that occur daily.
The eps wall insulation is one foot thick in most locations. It was poured and tamped from the roof. The form to contain the insulation is made from diamond stucco wire mesh wired to cattle panels. I shot the wall from 20 feet away and the 9mm bullet went 11.5 inches deep.
The roof has 2 feet of epscrete on one side and slopes to one foot on the opposite side which gives it a 1/2" to 1 ft. slope. There was a 27 degree F difference between insulated and not insulated this summer.
The roof also sports 7 ten inch skylights. They deserve a post themselves. When the next tornado blows through town, they will blow out to equalize the pressure using a sabot. That was difficult for my little pea brain to calculate!
The entire 1000 square foot house weighs in today at 200,000 pounds. And it still needs hydronically heated floors! It only needed 85,000 pounds to take a 300 mile per hour tornado wind.
So far, 95% of the power is solar. 1880 watts on the roof. I can run my electric mortar mixer all day long and the fridge and freezer 24/7. That beats running the generator at a gallon per hour.
I have taken photos and they are on G+. I have forgotten how to post photos here. You are welcome to poke around.
My eps shredder with 1 and 2 cubic yard bags are on there as well as the walls, roof, foundation and the lifting devices to get 2 yards of Eps above the mortar mixer and onto the roof. I'll post more when i can. Nice to drop in here. I'll be glad to answer any questions but it may take a little while. https://plus.google.com/117046904784773890726