Earth-Bermed Homes Providing Relief From Hot Summer
Built during the 70s Arab oil embargo to save on energy bills, residents of rural colorado are again enjoying the benefits of using natural materials and innovative technology to save on expenses while adding comfort. With no change in weather patterns or oil prices in sight, such environmental innovations may become more common.
"Like all earth-sheltered homes... is built into a knoll on the north. Double-paned 4-by-8-foot windows cover the south side of the house, and six overhead skylights fill the interior with sunshine. ... the prominent south-facing windows don't take in as much heat or light in the summer when the sun is higher in the sky. The earth packed around the outer walls on the north and east sides of the house keep the place cool."