Earth sheltering is one of the most reliable ways of conserving energy. By reducing exposed roof and wall area, heat loss/gain is reduced. By earth tempering I mean using this principle along with super insulation and specific materials for the building envelope to reduce heat gain/loss, conduct constant subgrade temperatures into the interior for cooling and supplement heating with passive solar orientation and design. We have designed homes using these principles that require no fossil fuel consumption for interior comfort year round. Enclosed area = 632 sq.ft.; Veranda is about 100 sq.ft.; Total footprint = 732 sq.ft.
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malcolmwells.com Malcolm Wells, the grandfather of earthsheltering, has a wonderful site about his work.
undergroundhousing.com This links to information about Mike's book and videos, presented by the
greenroofs.com very informative site featuring a variety of concepts for growing roofs.
schundler.com/greenroofs a discussion with photos and links about various green roof applications utilizing perlite.
hopesandfears.com an illustrated history of green roofs.
undergroundhousing.com links to information about Mike Oehler's book and videos, presented by the publisher.
greenmagichomes.com makes composit components that connect to create vaults that can be buried.
solterra.info The Semrock's vision and ongoing constrcution of their earthsheltered home.
ourcoolhouse showcases a couples' exploration of earthberming.
marant1946.blogspot.com this blog is very informative about the construction of this Texas earth-sheltered home.
formworksbuilding.com shows interior and exterior images of several of their underground or bermed ferrocement buildings.
trendir.com here is wonderful example of underground architecture in Switzerland.
beingsomewhere.net a lovely example of using local natural materials to build a comfortable and beautiful home that is recessed into a hill.
paradomehomes.com plans and photos of a two-story, thin-shell concrete underground dome home.
Passive Annual Heat Storage
norishouse.com describes how a PAHS house can keep an underground house comfortable year round with no additional heat source.
diygreenbuildingwithjerry.blogspot.com a blog about building a year-round passive solar (traditional winter-centric solar and Annualized GeoSolar in the summer) house.
Seabird Island Project shows unique design for the solar heating of water and space through warm air collection and geothermal heat tubes.
Chart of Underground Temperatures
This Chart shows underground temperatures in the United States and around the world.
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