Check Out This Earth-Sheltered Home You Can Literally Buy Off the Shelf

Posted by on October 23, 2017 in Eco-Friendly, Environment, Environmental Hazards with 4 Comments
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By Lloyd Alter | Tree Hugger

No, this isn’t Hobbiton or a scene from Teletubbies. It’s a rendering of a community of earth-sheltered houses built from a new prefab building system. I once wrote that from Hobbiton to Tatooine, earth sheltered houses make sense all over the universe; now you can just order one up.

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Earth-sheltered houses have long been known to be very energy-efficient, with the thermal mass of all that dirt keeping the temperature relatively even all year. However they have often been expensive to build and difficult to make totally waterproof. Now a Florida company, Green Magic Homes, has designed a prefabricated system of fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP) where you can roll your own earth sheltered house at a reasonable price (US $41 per square foot for the shells). Their system addresses the problems of weight and cost:

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The Green Magic Homes system has addressed these problems in an entirely new way, using the age-old methods of building with earth in conjunction with the space-age technology of composite materials. The inner shell of the buildings is very strong, light, waterproof, and modular, and the earth covering is constructed in such a way that it collaborates structurally with the shell because of its layered construction and the vaulted geometry of the system.

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The FRP components are made in their factory….

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  1. 1626029027660803@facebook.com' Ishimwe Eric Josué says:

    cool but cn’t afford

  2. Anonymous says:

    Teletubbies ?

  3. 1534117393571187@facebook.com' Tracy Banfield says:

    Cool, but I have to wonder how toxic the FRP polymers are.

  4. 10206515973956711@facebook.com' Judy Gray says:

    Odd, Florida company / mountain installation.

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