Earth Sheltering

dugouthome8Living within earth shelters has been a large part of human history. The connection to earth shelter dwellings began with the utilization of caves, and over time evolving technologies led to the construction of customized earth dwellings. Today, earth shelter construction is a rare practice, especially in the U.S.A. During the energy crisis and the 1973 Oil Crisis,[1] along with the back-to-the-land movement, there was a surge of interest in earth shelter/underground home construction in an effort toward self-sufficient living.

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Considerations for Earth Shelters

earth house2Before designing an earth-sheltered house, you should consider what''s involved in its construction, including your construction material options.

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Dug-Out Shelters

dugouthome6A dugout or dug-out, also known as a pithouse, pit-house, earth lodge, mud hut, is a shelter for humans or domesticated animals and livestock based on a hole or depression dug into the ground. These structures are one of the most ancient types of human housing known to archeologists. Dugouts can be fully recessed into the earth, with a flat roof covered by ground, or dug into a hillside. They can also be semi-recessed, with a constructed wood or sod roof standing out. The same methods have evolved into modern "earth shelter" technology.

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Myths About Affordable Housing

naturalaffordablehomeA number of myths about affordable housing continue to circulate. But in reality, communities benefit when they ensure access to affordable housing.

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What is a Reciprocal Frame?

earth lodge_winterThe design of a reciprocal frame roof is quite interesting. Very little information is available on the internet and it was necessary for us to hire an architect who has done numerous other designs to assist us. The following information is provided to give you an understanding of the concept of the reciprocal frame structure. It will also give you an idea of some of the design requirements that must be met.

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