Efficient Earth-Sheltered Homes

This house in Tempe, Arizona, uses earth-sheltered construction methods to help decrease cooling costs. | Photo by Pamm McFadden

This house in Tempe, Arizona, uses earth-sheltered construction methods to help decrease cooling costs. | Photo by Pamm McFadden


“If you are looking for a home with energy-efficient features that will provide a comfortable, tranquil, weather-resistant dwelling, an earth-sheltered house could be right for you. Read more from > Efficient Earth-Sheltered Homes

Larry’s Earthbag House

Three-story earthbag house under construction near Bozeman, Montana

Three-story earthbag house under construction near Bozeman, Montana


“Across the hill from my cabin live Larry and Lea Van Arsdale. They are building a BIG earthbag house thirty feet in diameter and thirty feet high! They started a year ago and are still working on it, but they’ve been living in it since last fall. So far it’s two stories high and they plan on building the third story next summer. Right now they are scrambling to “cobb” the rest of the exterior before winter. That means applying the cob, (earth plaster) or adobe, to the bags which make up the wall. Read more from > Larry’s Earthbag House

Building with Earthbags and Adobe/Cob

Our house mid-construction. Earthbags on bottom, bamboo frames for wattle-and-daub on top.

Our house mid-construction. Earthbags on bottom, bamboo frames for wattle-and-daub on top.


“As a little girl, and a young woman, I always dreamed of building my own house someday but I never had a specific desire for it. I knew that the right house would come along at the right time and with the right partner, and we’d build something that fit our needs, together. Read more from > Building with Earthbags and Adobe/Cob

Ferrocement Rainscreen for Earthbag Domes

A ferrocement rainscreen would look much like this drawing.

A ferrocement rainscreen would look much like this drawing.


Domes evolved in deserts, so we recommend extra protection for snowy/wet climates. There are two main approaches: 1. Build a roofed dome. Search our Projects pages at Earthbag Building.com to see several examples. 2. Build a ferrocement rainscreen on the exterior of the dome. The rainscreen is basically an outer cement shell that’s built on top of the dome with about 1″ space between that allows any water that gets through to escape. Read more from > Ferrocement Rainscreen for Earthbag Domes

Tiny Houses Infographic

Tiny houses infographic

Tiny houses infographic


“Less Is More: The Tiny House Movement

The tiny house trend is on the rise with more and more individuals, couples, and families choosing to trade in space for simplicity. And from college grads to retirees the appeal of a miniature home spans the ages. Shrinking square footage not only cuts down on chores — it’s a lifestyle change all about living with less and decreasing environmental impact over time.” Read more from > Tiny Houses Infographic

Underground Cities

Underground cities of Cappadocia, Turkey

Underground cities of Cappadocia, Turkey


“One of the characteristics of Cappadocia is having plenty of underground cities. It’s known that there are more than a hundred underground settlements in the region and many of them are not open for visits. The underground cities, which are guessed to be used since the Bronze Age, used to be settlements mostly in Byzantine period, doubtless. In this period, increasing invasions forced local residents to build underground cities for protection and religious purposes. Read more from > Underground Cities