Re: lets talk about shipping or sea containers
I would think if you put one in, in the fashion of a walk out basement, you should be fine as far as water infiltration goes. Side loads from the weight of the soil could be problematic.
We have been contemplating putting one in for a storm shelter and storage area, so at least partial bury is a must. A concrete cellar was going to cost $14,000 so that got taken off of the table.