Jim Mortensen had a plan to beat the high price of oil during the 1974 oil embargo. He’d build an energy efficient underground house. With help from friends and family, Jim Mortensen and his wife Mickey spent about eight years building their underground house moving in in 1983. The stone facade is from rock the couple collected by hand from their land. Jim made the mortar while Mickey laid all the stone.

Dora man takes decades to build it, but he has underground home of his dreams

Jim Mortensen had a plan to beat the high price of oil during the 1974 oil embargo. He’d build an energy efficient underground house. With help from friends and family, Jim Mortensen and his wife Mickey spent about eight years.

Earth Sheltered Homes and Berm Houses - a great cutaway view of how to set up a bermed home to allow light on each level, (front and back) as well as perfect indoor growing conditions for indoor gardens and green walls.

This is near perfect--Earth Sheltered Homes and Berm Houses - a great cutaway view of how to set up a bermed home to allow light on each level, (front and back) as well as perfect indoor growing conditions for indoor gardens and green walls.

Baldwin O'Bryan Earth Sheltered homes

Earth sheltered house is the most ecologically sustainable approach to domestic and small scale Earth Sheltered Building in Australia.

This is so cool... INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the Ultra-Efficient Homes of the Future

INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the Ultra-Efficient Homes of the Future

Sections of a green roof, could be used on top of bin shed. Remove insulation layer, not necessary.

Green Roofs - Bob Vila's Blogs

16 Cool Images of Green Roof Design Details. Green Roof Detail Drawing Green Roof Construction Green Roof Construction Details Green Roof Layers Detail Green Roof Section Detail

earth sheltered house Earth sheltered dome home in Vermont. earthshelteredtech.com - See more at: http://www.inspirationgreen.com/index.php?q=earth-sheltered-homes.html#sthash.iMnG3OIk.dpuf

Love the concept of earth sheltered homes. Contractor " built my first one (earth bermed) in 1984 in Grafton, NH". Why do we still build energy wasting boxes on a lot that can be easily ravaged by hurricanes and tornados?

An Earth Sheltered Home (Earth Berm) at Deep Creek Lake, Maryland.

An Earth Sheltered Home (Earth Berm) at Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. A wall can be provided by building your home below the normal ground level.

I love the curvilinear walls/ceilings and the boulders, though I'm not so fond of the white paint on those lovely branching rafters.  From - Handmade Houses: A Century of Earth-Friendly House Design

I absolutely love this. Reminds me of an adobe bubble house I saw in an article many years ago. Richard Olsen's Book Handmade Houses Showcases Beautiful and Unusual Homes : Architectural Digest. Probably for my future little house in Europe.

Fractal Structure-Michael Rice-  Biological Architecture -Biologic Architecture - Bio Architecture

Design 1 for my dream home on ocean front Property Fractal Structure-Michael Rice- Biological Architecture -Biologic Architecture - Bio Architecture

contemporary part earth sheltered split level house truro cornwallsuper insulated timber frame sustainable build utilising recycled insulation

Contemporary Part Earth Sheltered Split Level House, Truro, CornwallSuper insulated timber frame sustainable build utilising recycled insulation, breathable construction and natural materials. Passive solar heating, solar thermal and photovoltaic collecto

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