Did you know that many of the pioneering heroes of our country built homes with the ground? Because of the lack of trees on the Great Plains and the thermal efficiency of earthen building materials, sod homes were quite practical and comfortable, if not a bit, well…earthy. Sod homes comprised the standard living condition for many settlers
It would seem odd that a century and a half later, a return to earthen homes is coming back into vogue, but it’s a trend that is catching on—and with good reason. Lest you get the idea that an earth-sheltered home is a dark cave or grass-covered hovel, think again. Earth-sheltered merely means that the home utilizes earth against the walls, providing it with outstanding thermal efficiency. It’s an ancient and sustainable building method. Some homes are built into hills, some are built partially underground, and some simply provide earth berming against the walls.
Although the earth-sheltered homes of yesteryear had a few problems—not the least of which were poor air quality, lack of sewage disposal and structural collapse—today’s earth-sheltered homes are comfortable, efficient and desirable places to live. Here’s why.
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