Jim Mortensen had a plan to beat the high price of oil during the 1974 oil embargo. He’d build an energy efficient underground house. With help from friends and family, Jim Mortensen and his wife Mickey spent about eight years building their underground house moving in in 1983. The stone facade is from rock the couple collected by hand from their land. Jim made the mortar while Mickey laid all the stone.

Jim Mortensen had a plan to beat the high price of oil during the 1974 oil embargo. He’d build an energy efficient underground house. With help from friends and family, Jim Mortensen and his wife Mickey spent about eight years building their underground house moving in in 1983. The stone facade is from rock the couple collected by hand from their land. Jim made the mortar while Mickey laid all the stone.

Earth Sheltered Homes and Berm Houses - a great cutaway view of how to set up a bermed home to allow light on each level, (front and back) as well as perfect indoor growing conditions for indoor gardens and green walls.

Earth Sheltered Homes and Berm Houses - a great cutaway view of how to set up a bermed home to allow light on each level, (front and back) as well as perfect indoor growing conditions for indoor gardens and green walls.

Earth-Sheltered / Underground Houses: How-to books to build your own low-cost, energy efficient undergound home.

Earth-Sheltered / Underground Houses: How-to books to build your own low-cost, energy efficient undergound home.

Modern Earth Shelter: Homes Built into the Hillside - ‘House of Confronted Rooms’ in Paraguay

Modern Earth Shelter: Homes Built into the Hillside - ‘House of Confronted Rooms’ in Paraguay

'LOM architecture and design' house in Devon'. It is 350 square metres and has a green roof, a triple-glazed primary facade with solar shading, geothermal and waste air heat reclamation, rainwater storage and grey water recycling systems.    Section and floor plans at: http://www.lom-fdp.com/lom/pdf/compile/0123.pdf

'LOM architecture and design' house in Devon'. It is 350 square metres and has a green roof, a triple-glazed primary facade with solar shading, geothermal and waste air heat reclamation, rainwater storage and grey water recycling systems. Section and floor plans at: http://www.lom-fdp.com/lom/pdf/compile/0123.pdf

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