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    Rob Roy(Author)

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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), 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.

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Book details

  • PDF | 256 pages
  • Rob Roy(Author)
  • New Society Publishers (16 Mar. 2006)
  • English
  • 5
  • Science & Nature

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  • By Gaudesign on 31 July 2016

    Interesting book and some impressive builds but not a 'how to'

  • By Steve on 4 February 2011

    I enjoyed this book and did not put it down until I had finished it. Rob Roy's style is easy to follow and his methods make a lot of sense. The diagrams are clear and concise but the small monochrome photographs let this book down a little. The colour photograph section is very limited, it would be nice to see more examples of what has been acheived using Rob Roy's methods. Being an American publication, the book obviously has it's downside for someone looking to construct a home in Europe, especially where reference to imperial measurements and product names are concerned. Not exactly the book I was hoping for but inspiring just the same.

  • By K. Hill on 13 September 2013

    I loved how this book gave you practical details and insights that you do not normally get from a technical book. It gave you details about his learning curve from mistakes as he built the various properties. Very well written and worth a read if you want to build your own earth shelter home.

  • By Hugh Nott-bower on 22 October 2009

    Top book on the subject and although american based it has most of the principles and facts available for you to use the book as a manual and not just a load of pretty pictures. Recommended for those interested in the subject as well as qualifying as a coffee table piece. Good stuff.

  • By G.C. on 4 February 2015

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