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jclark

Beauty, comfort and money savings in every season.

What You Need to Know

Description:

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.

Advice:

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

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