Earth-Sheltered Houses

Earth-sheltered homes fit a wide range of climates and a variety of building sites, create weather- and noise-proof shelter and blend harmoniously with their surrounding landscapes. These Earth-bermed structures can drastically cut your energy costs by taking advantage of the constancy of the Earth’s temperature and thermal mass. Besides taking advantage of the soil’s temperature-moderating effects, earth-sheltered homes also are protected from heat-robbing winter winds and the scorching summer sun. Paired with passive-solar design, an earth-sheltered home can save you tens of thousands of dollars in fuel bills during your lifetime.

This collection of articles from the Mother Earth News Archive will inspire you to build your dream Earth home.

Earth Sheltered Homes: Comfortable, Affordable and Energy Efficient
Dan Chiras discusses the advantages of earth sheltered homes, includes information on earth sheltered homes that are comfortable, affordable and energy efficient.

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

A Naturally Cooled Florida House
This earth-sheltered house provides most of its own heating and cooling through the Earth’s insulation and proper air circulation.

Two Years Underground: Living in an Earth Sheltered Home

Two years after building an earth-sheltered home for his daughter in Northern Michigan, Daniel Rinker reports the design continues to provide exceptional insulation that keeps it comfortable in summer and winter.