Australian Earth-Covered Building

Author(s): J. Baggs, S. Baggs, D. Baggs

Publisher: Intl Specialized Book Service

ISBN: 0868400602

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About the Authors

Dr Sydney Baggs was and David Baggs FRAIA is one of Australia’s leading authorities in earth covered and green roof building design and construction. As architects to nearly 40 earth covered and green roof buildings including residences, schools and museum they pioneered this work in Australia from 1979 to current time holding the first International Conference on Earth Covered Buildings in Sydney Australia in 1981. With numerous awards, magazine and television features the pair created a high profile for earth covered and green roof buildings during this period. While Sydney passed away in 2009, David continues designing, promoting and consulting in this specialist field to green buildings of all kinds.

 

Earth-Sheltered Dwellings in Tunisa: Ancient Lessons for Modern Design

Earth-Sheltered Dwellings in Tunisa: Ancient Lessons for Modern DesignAuthor(s): Gideon S. Golany

Publisher: Univ of Delaware Press

ISBN: 0874132975

ISBN-13: 978-0874132977

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Earth-Sheltered Dwellings in Tunisa : Ancient Lessons for Modern Design Hardcover Publication date: October 1988

This contributes to an understanding of the traditionally evolved system of below-ground housing and suggest show the design of modern earth-sheltered space can be improved. Within the context of Tunisian underground dwellings, this book studies heat gain and loss, and presents field research on the plan, operation, and functional aspects of such housing.

Earthship: Systems and Components vol. 2

Earthship: Systems and Components vol. 2Author: Mike Reynolds

Paperback: 254 pages

Publisher: Solar Survival Pr; First Edition edition (November 1991)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0962676713

ISBN-13: 978-0962676710

The book talks about his concept of the Earthship, how to build them, how they work, and how you, too can live virtually independant of the large grid of services available to you, and that in many ways makes you work for the system itself.

The structures are partially buried, with load bearing walls made of earth rammed old tyres, non load bearing walls built of cans, with greywater systems supported by rain catchwater. PV and wind powered, with food and other plants grown in the house, the premise is as close to total self sufficiency as one might be able to get. Philosophically, nearly a perfect expression of that desire. Practically, it seems to deliver, which sets itself apart from many other building methods and philosophies.

In this age of unreliable utilities, uncertain prices of fuels, corrupt business leaders, bankrupt corporations and politics bought and paid for by institutions whose motives are quentionable, such a book and underlying philosphy seems relevant like no other time similar except the early 1970’s.

To some, this book of building a low cost shelter might help someone get into a nice house where they might not have otherwise, to others this might be a manifesto, still others might have the engineering appeal strike the most resonant cord.

Earthship : How to Build Your Own

Earthship: How to Build Your Own, Vol. 1Author: Michael E. Reynolds

Publisher: Solar Survival Press

ISBN: 0962676705

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Earthship : How to Build Your Own Volume 1 Paperback Publication date: September 1990

Earthship : Evolution Beyond Economics

Earthship : Evolution Beyond EconomicsAuthor(s): Mike Reynolds

Publisher: Solar Survival Press

ISBN: 0962676721

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Earthship : Evolution Beyond Economics Volume 3 Paperback Publication date: September 1993

Building Your Own Earth-Tempered Home : A Construction Manual

Building Your Own Earth-Tempered Home : A Construction ManualAuthor(s): Angus W. MacDonald

Publisher: Mothers Book Shelf Publication

ISBN: 0938432109

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Building Your Own Earth-Tempered Home : A Construction Manual

Alternative Housebuilding

Alternative HousebuildingAuthor(s): Mike McClintock

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company.,Inc. Ney York

ISBN: 0806969954

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Alternative Housebuilding Paperback 367 pages May 1989 Log buildings,Timber Frame, Pole, Cordwood, Stone, Earth Masonary, Earth Shelter

Build a home using logs, adobe, stone, cordwood, rammed earth, or earth-sheltered methods for less money and lower energy costs. “Includes information and diagrams detailed enough to construct seven different homes…an unbiased, unglamorized, nitty-gritty understanding of what goes into constructing the different styles.”—Green Living.

Complete Book of Underground Houses : How to Build a Low-Cost Home

Complete Book of Underground Houses : How to Build a Low-Cost HomeAuthor(s): Robert L. Roy, Rob Roy

Publisher: Sterling Publications

ISBN: 0806907282

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Complete Book of Underground Houses : How to Build a Low-Cost Home

Paperback, 144 pages
Publication date: November 1994

From Booklist , 03/01/95:
According to Roy, underground or earth-sheltered houses are unexpectedly livable. Judging by his book’s attractive pictures, that’s easy to believe. The house he bases his point-by-point guide on is indeed a showplace. Its homey touches are just that, though, and Roy’s main concern is creating such a house, from drawing up the plans to surveying the site to the actual building. Roy’s instruction is insightful and comprehensive; for example, he writes that he has poured the four-inch cement floor over the waste plumbing in all the houses he has built and has had no trouble yet, but he also suggests another strategy for those leery of not being able to get at the pipes in an emergency. Throughout, he covers construction and installation details that are extremely important for nonprofessionals brave enough to undertake building their own homes. Copyright© 1995, American Library Association. All rights reserved

Booknews, Inc. , 06/01/95:
Instead of marring a grassy knoll or field with the construction of a conventional house, you could design and build an environmentally sound underground or earth-sheltered home. Roy, director of the Earthwood Building School, provides detailed instructions, from choosing a piece of property to excavating and building a home from top to bottom, with case studies, photos and diagrams, and further resources. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Earth Shelter Handbook

Author(s): Tri, Arch Associates

Publisher: Tech Data Publications

ISBN: 9991614664

ISBN-13: 978-9991614663

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Earth Shelter Handbook Paperback Publication date: March 1980

The Earth Sheltered Owner-Built Home

The Earth Sheltered Owner-Built HomeAuthor(s): Barbara Kern, Ken Kern

Publisher: Owner Builder Publications

ISBN: 0910225001

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The Earth Sheltered Owner Built Home

Book teaches the earth sheltered method, siting, draining, wondow and door, waterproofing, landscaping, light and heat, and features photos on the Forestierre ( Clovis CA) underground house built by a French family decades ago with living trees in the grotto entrance. Discusses types of clay and uses, wattle & daub designs, features the Jane and Otis Mullan hoouse.

Also covers the Kern studio with its composite roof, working with clay, curvelinear design, and slip forms walls. Kern’s unique caast cement and rebar ( ferrocement ) hooped ribs and sawdust insulation have not been duplicated. Also some historical underground type shelters are coverd, with some photos.

265 pages, photos and drawings, index- $27.00 , xerographic.