Your home could be cost-efficient, comfortable, energy-efficient, weather-resistant and eco-friendly if it is built underground. For the building of these homes you do not need super modern technology but the ones that have been used for centuries. In the pictures below in the text you can see the familiar building technique for earth-sheltered homes.
They are two types of earth-sheltered homes: underground and bermed. Underground earth-sheltered home is when it is built below grade or entirely underground, on the other hand a bermed earth-sheltered home is when it is built above grade or partially below grade, with the earth covering one or more walls. These homes are really affordable, low-cost, and at the same time comfortable, tranquil, and relaxing.
Energy.gov explains all the advantages that this home can offer:
“An earth-sheltered home is less susceptible to the impact of extreme outdoor air temperatures than a conventional house. Earth-sheltered houses also require less outside maintenance, and the earth surrounding the house provides soundproofing.
In addition, plans for most earth-sheltered houses “blend” the building into the landscape more harmoniously than a conventional home. Finally, earth-sheltered houses can cost less to insure because they offer extra protection against high winds, hailstorms, and natural disasters such as tornados and hurricanes.”
Check the following earth-sheltered, earth-roofed homes and see how amazing and self-efficient they can be especially if you live in areas where there are plenty of tornados and hurricanes.
The Honingham Earth Sheltered Social Housing is the first UK earth-sheltered social home. This house comes with two bedrooms, and has a high thermal mass superstructure. Plus, it has super-insulation that lowers the total annual energy consumption by two-thirds of conventional home usage.
The Keldur Turf House in South-Iceland is the oldest turf or sod house in Iceland. For more data.
The Rhiannon Community Underground Earth Bag House in Ecuador. Check this site:
The Norwegian Earth-Sheltered Hut in Hol, Buskerud, Norway. For more information about this romantic hut.
The Umbrella Home got its name “umbrella” because of the roof of the house. The roof is the only thing that is above ground that insulates the soil around the building. For more information about this unique underground earth-sheltered home.