Right Style, Right Remodel: Earth Homes

From on March 24, 2008 in Green Remodeling

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Earth homes are named such because they’re good for the earth and also, made from it. For our series this week, we’ll be speaking with award-winning solar architectural designer and civil engineer, Paul Shippee, founder of the Crestone Solar School in Colorado.

Paul asked a good question to start off our interview:

“Please define exactly what you mean by ‘earth homes’?”

According to Paul, the term can refer to a number of things, from earth covered and earth sheltered homes to rammed earth homes, adobe homes, and earth-plastered straw bale homes. Paul will be speaking more about the differences between each, as well as what makes them aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly.

When it comes to GHG emissions, cars have been singled out for years. But now, Americans are finally looking beyond the SUV to the wasted energy that comes from our own living spaces. According to one statistic, the average American releases about 50,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year. Earth homes are on the road to slashing that number through properties such as high thermal mass, high R value, reduced lumber use, and minimal site destruction. Stay posted to learn more.