Underground Eco Houses
Designing underground eco houses means more than digging bunkers
into hills. Depending on the site you have chosen, there will
be many factors that affect your design decisions, including the
type of soil, average yearly precipitation, the stability of the
slope and the ability of the site to bear weight. These will all
affect the type of house you decide to build.
The materials used in the construction
of underground houses should be strong and waterproof,
since there will be a great deal of pressure brought to
bear on them when they are in place. You may need to have
a special drainage technique used, especially in the area
where you place your roof.
Underground Eco House
People have been building homes underground for many years, and
earth sheltered homes that are also ecologically friendly may
be partially or fully underground. These houses are very popular
with people who want homes that don't impact the earth as much
as traditional homes, and with houses that make use of Green technologies.
Many people in America as well as Europe live in homes underground.
They are especially popular in Russia. In countries where there
are more people than buildings can comfortably hold above-ground,
like China and Japan, they are especially driven to build underground
Most people who are not educated in the ways of building subterranean
houses think that they are dark and damp all the time, but they
can actually be as pleasant as traditional homes.
There are many logistical and Eco-friendly reasons for underground
houses. You can build them in an area that is too steep for conventional
homes, and in smaller areas, since you are going into the earth.
You can also use some of the excavated materials to help build
the house itself. You don't use as many building materials, and
your maintenance costs will be lower. These homes are also resistant
to earthquakes, fire and wind, which gives you a safer environment
in weather extremes.
Underground eco houses, as the name implies, are also very energy-efficient.
The temperature in the subsurface of the earth is relatively stable,
so these homes are warmer during winter weather and cooler in
the summer. This can save you about 80-percent on your energy
bills. You can also use solar energy for your home, which may
bring your energy bills to zero, since this will provide heat
and hot water for you. Underground houses are also quiet, since
the earth insulates against noise.
Building homes below earth level is not looked to very often
as a way to design homes. They can be comfortable, stylish, secure,
and even bright places to live. They also provide an excellent
Eco-home, since they are so energy-efficient. They live in quiet
harmony with their natural surroundings, and they take up less
of our dwindling green space. Underground Eco-houses have very
little impact on the ecology of the area where they are built,
and they blend in well with the landscape. This makes them pleasing
to the eye, and also ensures that more habitat space is left for