The Fictioning Horror Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Interviews | September 2, 2014

Jill Owens: IMG David Mitchell: The Powells.com Interview



David MitchellDavid Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »
  1. $21.00 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    The Bone Clocks

    David Mitchell 9781400065677

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$27.95
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
4 Local Warehouse Home Construction- General
7 Remote Warehouse Home Construction- General

Earth-Sheltered Houses: How to Build an Affordable Underground Home

by

Earth-Sheltered Houses: How to Build an Affordable Underground Home Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:


An earth-sheltered, earth-roofed home has the least impact upon the land of all housing styles, leaving almost zero footprint on the planet.

Earth-Sheltered Houses is a practical guide for those who want to build their own underground home at moderate cost. It describes the benefits of sheltering a home with earth, including the added comfort and energy efficiency from the moderating influence of the earth on the home's temperature (keeping it warm in the winter and cool in the summer), along with the benefits of low maintenance and the protection against fire, sound, earthquake, and storm afforded by the earth. Extra benefits from adding an earth or other living roof option include greater longevity of the roof substrate, fine aesthetics, and environmental harmony.

The book covers all of the various construction techniques involved, including details on planning, excavation, footings, floor, walls, framing, roofing, waterproofing, insulation, and drainage. Specific methods appropriate for the inexperienced owner/builder are a particular focus and include:

Pouring one's own footings and/or floor

The use of dry-stacked (surface-bonded) concrete block walls

Post-and-beam framing

Plank-and-beam roofing

Drainage methods and self-adhesive waterproofing membranes

The time-tested, easy-to-learn construction techniques described in Earth-Sheltered Houses will enable readers to embark upon their own building projects with confidence, backed up by a comprehensive resources section that lists all the latest products such as waterproofing membranes, types of rigid insulation, and drainage products that will protect the building against water damage andheat loss.

Rob Roy is a former contractor with 27 years of experience and 12 previous books to his credit, including Cordwood Building and Timber Framing for the Rest of Us. An expert on underground building, he founded the Earthwood Building School in 1981 with his wife, Jaki, and is frequently a speaker at events throughout North America.

Book News Annotation:

Roy (co-founder of the Earthwood Building School) details his knowledge and techniques for constructing energy-efficient earth- sheltered houses, accenting low to moderate cost methods that can be learned and practiced by the owner-builder. Illustrating the work with line drawings and black and white photographs showing the construction process of two of his projects, he includes chapters on earth-sheltered design principles; siting and excavation; foundations; the floor; external walls; timber framing; waterproofing, insulation, and drainage; the living roof; finishing the exterior; and interior considerations. He also presents an assessment of the performance of the two projects described. Distributed in the US by Consortium Books Sales and Distribution. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The only how-to manual on the subject directed to mainstream owner-builders

Synopsis:

A practical guide for those who want to build their own underground home at a moderate cost, this work covers all of the various construction techniques involved, including details on planning, excavation, footings, floor, walls, framing, roofing, waterproofing, insulation, and drainage.

About the Author

Rob Roy is a former contractor with twelve previous books to his credit, including Cordwood Building and Timber Framing for the Rest of Us. An expert on underground building, he founded the Earthwood Building School in 1981 with his wife, Jaki, and is frequently a speaker at events throughout North America.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865715219
Author:
Roy, Rob
Publisher:
New Society Publishers
Subject:
Design & Construction
Subject:
Remodeling & Renovation - Energy Efficient
Subject:
General House & Home
Subject:
Earth sheltered houses
Subject:
Design and construction
Subject:
Home Construction-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series
Publication Date:
March 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
80 Color and BandW illustrations and pho
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.00 x 7.00 in

Other books you might like

  1. Building with Earth New Trade Paper $30.25
  2. How to redesign & renovate your... Used Trade Paper $0.95
  3. Retreats: Handmade Hideaways to... Used Hardcover $7.95
  4. Homes That Heal (and Those That... Used Trade Paper $8.50
  5. The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable... Used Trade Paper $14.00
  6. Reviving old houses :over 500... Used Hardcover $1.00

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Photography » General
Engineering » Construction » General
Engineering » Home Construction » Alternative Construction
Engineering » Home Construction » Alternative Housing
Engineering » Home Construction » General
Engineering » Home Construction » Remodeling
Engineering » Home Construction » Remodeling Specification
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Birds » Birdwatching
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Birds » General
Science and Mathematics » Ornithology » General Ornithology and Birding

Earth-Sheltered Houses: How to Build an Affordable Underground Home New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$27.95 In Stock
Product details 256 pages New Society Publishers - English 9780865715219 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
The only how-to manual on the subject directed to mainstream owner-builders
"Synopsis" by , A practical guide for those who want to build their own underground home at a moderate cost, this work covers all of the various construction techniques involved, including details on planning, excavation, footings, floor, walls, framing, roofing, waterproofing, insulation, and drainage.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.