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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers; 1st Printing Stated edition (April 3 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865715211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865715219
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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-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, and
  • 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.

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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.


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I had rented a bunch of books about earth-sheltered house. It didn't take long to see this one standed above the rest. I barely browsed through and proceeded to order the book. If you're serious about building your own earh-sheltered house, you need to own this book. It covers the process in details, offering various alternatives. However, two of the technics used in this books are only overlooked, as you need to purchase other books that covers the technics in details (cordwood massonery and timberwood framing).

Great book. It changed my initial plan a lot. Now I'm leaning toward using the same technics Rob Roy used.
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The increasing attention that alternative building methods is getting these days is very welcome news to me & the guy who wrote this book can be thanked for much of it!
Even though this book describes the projects he has worked on personally, the build process he has developed & used successfully can be manipulated & used with your own designs.
This book is very informative & complete. There's nothing missing!
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Full of info- tips and what not to do's. Some of them for people who have no prior building experience.
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Only has a selection of colour photos. Book would be way more interesting and engaging if it had more colour photos.
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Excellent book with great detail on building earth sheltered homes. Lots of diagrams, tables and numbers to work with when designing your own project. Only limitation is a late 70s early 80s 'look' to all of the buildings, features and styles.
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