Tom Fox turned 12 old shipping containers he purchased from a shipping yard in Jacksonville into a beautiful 3-story home just a few blocks from downtown Gainesville, Florida. “I wanted to have a house that was affordable and I wanted to have a house that was safe, that could handle any kind of natural disaster and then I wanted to have a green house. And this fits the bill for all three of those.”
Taking a mere 9 months to build Tom’s house is so energy efficient that he is actually feeding power back to the grid. His house is built so well that it now has the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environment Design) Platinum certification. LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.
Tom got the idea for the house when visiting his brother in London. There he was able to see several container structures, which inspired him to build his home.
• 3 Floors and a roof top deck
• 2,200 Square feet of interior living space
• 5,000 Square feet including porches, rooftop deck and garage
• Four bedrooms, 3 full baths and 2 half baths
• Solar: 8.25-kilowatt power system with inverter to feed back to grid
Source: USGBC – U.S. Green Building Council
Source: USA Today
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