Earth Sheltered Homes: How to Build an Affordable, Super Energy Efficient, Underground Home

As energy prices rise, many people are looking to new alternatives to reduce their monthly bills.

Paying an electricity or gas provider huge sums of money just to heat your house is something that makes us all despair, and the alternatives often seem way out of reach.

 

We would all love a totally self-sufficient home, combining money saving with saving the planet, and there are real ways to incorporate these ideals into your life.


When choosing a home, many people will be swayed by the size, the aspect and the area of the house.

What if your next house was decided upon by the amazing eco-friendliness the home provides?

Earth sheltered homes are small house structured, built int the landscape to provide extra shelter and added warmth.

All that is visible from these homes is a small part of the exposed roof. The homes are incredibly weather resistant as they are nearly completely submerged into the terrain. They do not suffer from the worry of leakage from heavy rain.

They are also a great way of protecting yourself against the destructive forces of hurricanes and high winds. The submerged state of the house means it is not exposed and cannot be blown down.

 

Here are examples of different types of earth-sheltered homes from across the globe.

1. Sheltered home from the Rhiannon Community in Ecuador.

2. Norwegian earth-sheltered hut

Located in Hol, Buskerud, Norway, this amazing home is for those who want to reconnect with nature and spend quality time with their loved one…. Find out more here.

3. The umbrella home, one of the most simple earth-sheltered designs

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.

4. In Honingham, England. The U.K’s first earth-sheltered housing scheme.

Both two bedroom homes have a high thermal mass superstructure, is super-insulated and orientated south. These awesome qualities have enabled a huge reduction of total annual energy consumption – almost two thirds of conventional home usage.

5. Traditional Keldur Turf Houses in Iceland

We love turf houses, also known as sod houses, they are so very Icelandic! The historical farm of Keldur in South-Iceland is home to some of the first houses of their kind.  Find out more about these awesome homes here

 

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