Learn about building underground homes using this primer on passively heated solar underground houses.
A Primer on Passively Heated Solar Underground Houses
Regular MOTHER readers know that this magazine has been championing warm, safe, snug, storm-proof, easy to (passively solar) heat and cool underground houses for some time. If this is your first exposure to the idea, however, here's how to learn more about the subject:
Start with "The Beale Solar-Heated Subterranean Guest House", pages 80 — 81, in MOTHER NO. 45. Then move on to MOTHER NO. 46's Plowboy Interview with Andy Davis (in which Andy tells how he built a 1,200-square-foot, three-bedroom underground home — which looks like $60,000 — for only $15,000 in northern Illinois . . . and how he heated the building during the winter of 1976177 for the ridiculously low sum of $1.29).
Next up will be The Plowboy Interview with David Wright in MOTHER NO. 47. David has designed over 30 "sun tempered" and "passively solar conditioned" houses . . . and the interview was conducted in his present (97% heating and cooling self-sufficient) home on the coast of northern California.
Then, to learn how Jesse Savell — a contractor in Cotton, California — builds aboveground structures that are almost as energy efficient as the underground dwellings covered by the rest of the pieces listed here — read "Here's a Passively Heated and Cooled House That You Can Afford . . . and Will Want", pages 116 — 118, in MOTHER NO. 48.
"Landis and Pamela Gores' Semi-Subterranean 'House for all Seasons'", pages 64 — 65, MOTHER NO. 49, has another somewhat different slant on the subject. And "The Paul Isaacson Family Lives in the House of the Future", pages 101 — 103, MOTHER NO. 50, introduces still another passively solar heated, underground dwelling viewpoint, design, and method of construction.
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Read more about passively heated underground homes: The Beauty of Passively Heated Underground Houses.