Earth-sheltered design

Earth-sheltered design

Home design that is partially or totally below ground, either by digging into existing topography or filling over parts of the structure. Earth-sheltered design uses the constant temperature of the soil to improve energy efficiency and can be beneficial on hilly sites by decreasing maintenance and environmental impact.
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Janet continued to work on her permanent home, a foam-form, partially earth-sheltered design.
From the west, south and north, the earth-sheltered design, which features a clerestory with 11-foot windows, appears to be a covered bridge.