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.
Build an Earth-Sheltered Greenhouse - Organic Gardening
Love the concept of earth sheltered homes. built my first one (earth bermed) in 1984 in Grafton, NH. Why do we still build energy wasting boxes on a lot that can be easily ravaged by hurricanes and tornados?
Earth-sheltered homes can be tailored to a wide range of climates and a variety of types of building sites – even flat ones. Combined with passive solar design, an earth-sheltered home can save tens of thousands of dollars in fuel bills over a lifetime.