An Earth-Sheltered Home in Lyme, New Hampshire

Built in 1980, this 1,731 square foot, three-bedroom home was originally designed by architect Don Metz, who designed several earth-sheltered homes in the Lyme, New Hampshire area. The owners added solar power and heat pumps, making the home come into its full potential, with limited use of fossil fuels. The home has passive solar heat … Read more

Earth House in Gujarat, India is Net Zero in Energy

This well ventilated home with plenty of natural light in Gujarat, India has three bedrooms and a pool. The layout is a simple one, divided in two blocks, one with all living areas and the other with bedroom spaces for a family of four. Between the two sit the leisure components of the pool and … Read more

A Short History of Rammed Earth

From the earliest times the only way for humans to build shelter was to use locally available raw materials. Rammed earth is estimated to have been used since around 5,000 B.C., often enclosing a wooden framework with a mixture of raw earth combined with plant fiber. Thin wooden sticks can be driven into the ground … Read more

We are all Made out of Mud

This video follows the story of people and organizations in the Balkans that work with mud and youth. The also, explores people’s connection to the land, which is expressed through centuries-old practices of building houses from natural materials. The film crew visited inspiring projects, communities and families throughout the Balkans and exchanged experiences with them … Read more

Man Builds Cheap Cob Home That Has Everything He Needs

Sage Stoneman’s cob home only cost $200 to build and allows him to live debt-free. He says, “I choose to live the way that I do because it’s a matter of mental health for me and emotional health, physical health as well, spiritual health.” He crafted his home in California to feel closer to the … Read more