Some stories that are great stick like glue. This 2008 post from Susan Kraemer – “Hand-Build an Earth Shelter Home for $5,000” – remains one of the most popular items on Green Building Elements. The house, built by Simon Dale on a very small budget, is an inspiring tale we’re happy to republish on occasion.
What a house, what a concept, what a challenge! Amid a heaping pile of press releases, Annie Kohut from Kohut Communications got my attention with this photo. Her accompanying note read: “One doesn’t often hear about sustainable design projects that are also historic preservation projects. But despite some preservationists who don’t believe that historic restoration can be accomplished sustainably, the restoration of a 19th century Italianate farmhouse demonstrates that historic restoration and green building principles do in fact complement one another.”…
For building purposes, let’s start with the issue of sustainability. Energy, economics, material use, land and water use are primary considerations any architect, developer, or owner should place on the design scales before starting anything, if they’re worth their designer salts, that is.
“The tester was impressed on how tight and energy efficient the home was. This home was sold on spec January 26, 2010. The highest energy bill we had on this home over a monthly period was $50.”