June 1982 Table of Contents

Features Planning Footings for Earth-Sheltered Construction

Proper design of footings for earth-sheltered construction requires a knowledge of loads and soil bearing capacity. Read more

Features Precast Panels Form Earth-Sheltered Homes

Less on-site labor, a shorter construction time and improved quality control have made precast concrete an attractive construction technique in conventional and now earth-sheltered construction. Read more

Features Shotcrete and Foam Insulation Shaped over Inflated Balloon Form

Insulated shell structures made by shotcreting a construction process originally used to build such structures as church buildings, homes and warehouses is now being used for earth-sheltered buildings as well. Read more

Features Construction Details for Earth-Sheltering

This article shows drawings of walls, roof structures and parapets with insulation, waterproofing and drainage systems. Read more

Features Basic Soil Considerations for Earth-Sheltered Construction

In an earth-sheltered house, earth loads on the roof are significant about 100 to 120 pounds per square foot for each foot depth of earth cover. Read more

Features Before You Build: Do Your Earth-Sheltered Homework

Enthusiasm abounds for earth-sheltered homes. They do have advantages, and to many who are not experienced in construction the concept seems like an ideal do-it-yourself project. In some cases this leads to disaster because there are plenty of pitfalls even for an experienced concrete contractor. Read more

Features Codes, Zoning and Financing: Impediments to Earth-Sheltered Construction -- Part I

No one type of housing solves all problems and presents no new concerns. In this respect earth-sheltered housing is not different. Read more

Features Earth-Sheltered School in Florida

Poinciana, Florida's earth-sheltered Reedy Creek Elementary School building is completely concrete. Read more

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