Earth-Sheltered Houses: How to Build an Affordable

by Rob Roy (Author)

Product Description
An earth-sheltered, earth-roofed home has the least impact upon the land of all
housing styles, leaving almost zero footprint on the planet.

Earth-Sheltered Houses is a practical guide for those who want to build their
own underground home at moderate cost. It describes the benefits of sheltering a
home with earth, including the added comfort and energy efficiency from the
moderating influence of the earth on the home's temperature (keeping it warm in
the winter and cool in the summer), along with the benefits of low maintenance
and the protection against fire, sound, earthquake, and storm afforded by the
earth. Extra benefits from adding an earth or other living roof option include
greater longevity of the roof substrate, fine aesthetics, and environmental harmony.

The book covers all of the various construction techniques involved, including
details on planning, excavation, footings, floor, walls, framing, roofing,
waterproofing, insulation, and drainage. Specific methods appropriate for the
inexperienced owner/builder are a particular focus and include:

Pouring one's own footings and/or floor
The use of dry-stacked (surface-bonded) concrete block walls
Post-and-beam framing
Plank-and-beam roofing
Drainage methods and self-adhesive waterproofing membranes

The time-tested, easy-to-learn construction techniques described in
Earth-Sheltered Houses will enable readers to embark upon their own building
projects with confidence, backed up by a comprehensive resources section that
lists all the latest products such as waterproofing membranes, types of rigid
insulation, and drainage products that will protect the building against water
damage and heat loss.

Rob Roy is a former contractor with 27 years of experience and 12 previous books
to his credit, including Cordwood Building and Timber Framing for the Rest of
Us. An expert on underground building, he founded the Earthwood Building School
in 1981 with his wife, Jaki, and is frequently a speaker at events throughout North America.

About the Author
Author/editor Rob Roy has been building, researching and teaching about cordwood
masonry for 25 years and, with his wife, started Earthwood Building School in
1981. He has written ten books on alternative building, presented four videos -
including two about cordwood masonry - and has taught cordwood masonry all over the world.

Product Details

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: New Society Publishers (March 1, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0865715211



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