Earth Sheltered Homes: How to Build an Affordable Underground Home

Energy efficiency doesn’t necessarily involve the newest of technologies. As you can see from these pictures and videos, a well-known building technique can easily do the task. The earth-sheltered homes can provide all the comfort and tranquility you seek. Also, the final result is a good weather-resistant dwelling which won’t disappoint you in terms of modern living conditions. There are two types of home design you can opt for when it comes to this type of homes: underground and bermed, meaning the earth covers one or more walls while the main structure can be built above grade or partially below grade. Browse through all of the examples featured here, they will definitely impress you in a good way! !!! An earth-sheltered, earth-roofed home has the least impact upon the land of all housing styles, leaving almost zero footprint on the planet.

1. A small underground earthbag house built at the Rhiannon Community in Ecuador.
2. Norwegian Earth Sheltered Hut

This little treasure is located in Hol, Buskerud, Norway and it’s for those who want to reconnect with nature and spend quality time with their loved one…. more details HERE

3. The Umbrella Home: A Simple Underground House Design

The “umbrella” is hidden in the earth that stands for the roof of the house and insulates the soil that surrounds the building. More details HERE

Earth-Sheltered Houses is a practical guide for those who want to build their own underground home at moderate cost. It describes the benefits of sheltering a home with earth, including the added comfort and energy efficiency from the moderating influence of the earth on the home’s temperature (keeping it warm in the winter and cool in the summer), along with the benefits of low maintenance and the protection against fire, sound, earthquake, and storm afforded by the earth.

Source: goodshomedesign.com

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