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Solar Pit House Building Details — 26 Comments

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  3. That is, the fire was only necessary in extreme cold…earthen house construction and orientation facilitated passive (solar/earthen) temperature adjustment for hot or cold days.

  4. In a discussion with a builder from the Sto:lo people, which had pit houses inland off the northwest coast, “radiant floor heating” was accomplished by a 4 layer floor with a central fire pit: packed earth, sand, gravel and packed earth; which was only necessary in extreme cold.

  5. Also, how hard is it to make it handicapped accessible? I would need for sure no stairs, wider than standard doorways and larger bathrooms. Any suggestions?

  6. I love this design. Do you know how much (at least per sqaure foot) it would cost to build something like this? Do you know when you are going to have this design available?

    • That is exactly what I was thinking, Kelly. In fact, I AM going to build this on a hilly portion of my property in Tennessee. I will have the pit area in the front just as you have observed like the $50 underground house with the porch area cut in so the weight of the earth is not pressing into the house.

      I love this design and would welcome any suggestions and would like to purchase more detailed plans of this if available.

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    • There are a few earthship projects that i know of in the tropics. There was one built in Guatemala last year. Took 2 weeks and about 60 people to build. They are building a second one on the same site in 2013. See the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU_2yysjkas
      These people as well as Longwayhome would have good insight into how the earthship did after the first year in those conditions.

  8. Imagine the psychological boost from spending time in a warm, sun drenched, oxygen rich greenhouse and eating fresh, organic produce daily. And, no doubt, homeowners will love the greatly reduced bills.

    Now we need to attract some financial backing to fund a prototype.

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