Earth-sheltered Homes

Besides energy efficient, well-designed earth-sheltered homes are bright, airy, dry and quiet.

earth sheltered homes - roof rafters
Author Rob Roy (right) and an assistant snap a chalk line to guide trim cuts as they install roof decking over radial rafters.
Rob Roy
earth sheltered homes - Earthwood
Earthwood, the author's home. An earth roof is hands-down the most beautiful roof you can build.
Photo by Rob Roy
earth sheltered homes - laying down waterproof membrane
A bituminous waterproof membrane goes over the decking.
Rob Roy
earth sheltered homes - Asterisk house
Jim Milstein built "Asterisk" near Pagosa Springs, Colorado. It's an earth-sheltered home composed of three intersecting barrel vaults.
Jim Milstein
earth sheltered homes - weeding the roof
Jaki Roy weeds the roof before the wildflowers come into bloom.
Rob Roy
earth sheltered homes - illustration of heating characteristics of conventional and earth sheltered houses
An earth-sheltered home requires less energy to heat than a conventional home, and no energy to cool.
Matthew T. Stallbaumer

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