Posted by:


Beauty, comfort and money savings in every season.

What You Need to Know


Earth Sheltered/passive solar. Continuous pour of concrete, water- proofed, insulated and back filled with earth. Windows face south and east. Sunlight warms floors in winter. Over hangs prevent heat in summer.

Other Benefits:

Stone mass under floors hold heat in winter. Clean environment. Constant comfort of low 70 degree temperatures.

Maintenance Requirements:

No maintenance.

Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:

Tulikivi soapstone fireplace. Solar tubes.

My Motivation:

Early '70's "Mother Earth Magazine" inspired the designs and efficiency philosophy. The only way to save the planet is to start with yourself and educate others.


Whatever you build or remodel, consider the environment of the site; sun and wind. Tweeking layout for efficiency is free and can provide a sizable return in any type of construction.

Experience with Installer:

Don't always shop for the lowest price. Shop for experience, knowledge and in the case of excavation, the firm with the most equipment. We chose the top bid. A solid foundation and correct contouring of the land for drainage and home beauty is essential in this type of construction.

Additional Notes:

Home is for sale Buffalo ML# B406137. Owner/builder is planning to build another earth sheltered home. They have helped a dozen people build through Earth Sheltered Technology Inc.

Open House Info:

8041 Dennis Rd., Angola NY Oct. 13 2012 10am - 4pm

View Other Case Studies
Passive Solar Home
Passive Solar Home

Single-Family Residence|Solar Space Heating

Search for Other Case Studies
EnergySage Marketplace
Get the best deal on solar.
Get Started