Necoras wrote:Yeah, my biggest question has been how much HVAC I'll need. I'll be building in Aubrey TX, and it's 105 outside right now. I just don't believe that I'll be able to get away without an A/C system of some sort, even if it's just a few window units. Heat's another story. We turn the heat down pretty low and use space heaters in our current stick house (which is very new and has good insulation).
I want to bury mine as much for aesthetic reasons as for insulation ones. I want to be efficient, but I want my conveniences as well.
mkrepel wrote:Going to Italy? Do you have time to visit Switzerland while you are in that part of the world? I think Peter Vetsch designs/builds some of the most attractive earth sheltered homes on the planet (inside and out!). I can imagine that it would not be too hard to add some earthship features to some of his designs. He also uses shotcrete extensively in the construction of his buildings.
Have fun overseas,
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