Green Features of Underground Homes and Shelters

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SANY0215There are a number of green features associated with underground homes. Instead of using wood for construction, earth-sheltered homes generally rely on concrete. Perhaps more importantly, the insulation of the ground allows for significantly reduced heating and cooling costs.

Lest you worry about feeling like a mole - the experience is nothing of the sort. Many earth-sheltered homes are constructed with large, south-facing windows to let in natural light. If that is not enough, you can implement skylights and solar tubes.

And, believe it or not, but living in an underground home is comfortable, warm and dry. Added insulation prevents dampness and water intrusion.

Beyond some of the more obvious green aspects of living underground, consider these benefits:

  • Less need for exterior paint jobs
  • Fewer windows
  • Minimal (or no) roofing maintenance
  • Gutters? How about less or no cleaning them out?
  • Preservation of art and artifacts

With a significant portion of your living space sub-surface, you''ll have to paint the exterior less often (and they will be less to paint). There will also be fewer windows to install, weatherize and clean! Roofing? How about mowing your roof instead of replacing shingles? Hate gutters? You may not even have any to deal with.

Yes.... aside from green features, there are some definite time and money saving aspects of living underground.

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