"cool" underground homes... exactly what folks in Coober Pedy are looking for. This town is an amazing example of underground living.Located in the Australian outback, Coober Pedy has very hot summer temperatures. Most residents live in constructed caves bored into the hillsides. These underground homes maintain a more constant temperature throughout the year and help keep Coober Pedy families cool.Read Full Story
"The moisture in the air condenses when it contacts cool outside walls. Though there may not be enough moisture to run, it will be enough to attract mold and mildew."This can be a real problem for underground homes and living spaces. Be sure to account for moisture and condensation when planning your interior space. "The only answer is to have enough insulation so that the interior surface temperature of the walls equals the temperature of the air inside the house. Three inches of urethane...Read Full Story
Wikizines are interactive magazines that anyone can create or edit - and this one is called "Underground Home Plans". Here you can find fresh voices and respond in real time. Some members write articles about recent news and trends related to the wikizine's topic, others recount relevant personal stories or share their favorite pictures and video clips. Got an interesting idea or story to share with other members of this wikizine? Well, then put on your journalist's cap and add your own...Read Full Story
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Underground homes are structures and living spaces below the ground's surface. Underground homes are a part of the general underground living movement.
Besides its obvious novelty, underground living offers additional benefits when compared to living in traditional buildings, such as a nearly constant comfortable temperature without the need for additional insulation, quiet, resistance to hurricanes, tornadoes and most weapon systems and the unobtrusiveness of such buildings on the landscape. One of the greatest advantages is energy efficiency. The stable subsurface temperature of the earth saves around 80% in energy costs. If married to solar design, the energy bill can be completely eliminated. Additionally, the noise insulation of the surrounding earth makes underground homes exceptionally quiet, and with a smaller surface area, fewer building materials are used.
However underground homes can be easily affected by flooding and sometimes special pumping equipment is necessary. Underground living has been both a feature of fiction, such as Hobbiton as described in the stories of J. R. R. Tolkien and The Underground City by Jules Verne. It is also the preferred mode of housing to communities in such extreme environments as Australia's Coober Pedy, Berber caves as those in Matmâta, Tunisia, and even Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Underground living is even being considered for the design of a future base on Mars.
Often, underground living structures are not entirely underground, typically if they are exposed on one side when built into a hill. This exposure can significantly improve interior lighting, although at the expense of greater exposure to the elements.