Originally posted by snowen20
This is pretty sweet and looks relatively inexpensive to purchase.
I wonder though if I could build something like this where I'm currently living.
Where I live is prone to Earthquakes, floods, mudslides and typhoons, not to mention a torrential monsoon season.
Earth sheltered homes can be built in a manner that is highly earthquake resistant.
This guy goes into that in detail.
He also claims you can build a small one with natural materials for as little as $50.
As for monsoon, flooding, and typhoons you may be better off with a raised platform type
building using a concrete and rock wall on the typhoon side as a shield.
My concern is that building it into the side of any hill side may prove dangerous or destructive at the very least come the rainy season.
Some methods seal materials in poly styrene, and Mike Oehler goes into that.
The fact you have monsoon, flooding and typhoon might be better to do the raised
platform model, making piers of the rock to get the building above flood level.
Other methods simply use terraces and french drains like they did at Machu Picchu.
It is a LOT more work on a steep incline, the raised pier method is likely best for
high flooding areas.
Also A concern of mine would be the many insects that might find the house edible.
Insects do not like the taste of several different things, you add that into the mix.
Cedar shavings, wood ash, some flowers, basil for mosquitoes, spearmint for ants.
There are other plants that act as natural repellents too.
Moreover I have to also consider the prospect of mold accumulating the the hay walls as it traps moister, water being retained in the ceiling and what
not. Not that I have to build it like this there are many kubo/ nipa style houses here that can stand for a 100 years but I just like this
architecture. I currently live in the land of bamboo and rocks so supplies wouldn't run out.
The polystyrene wrap helps with the mold, and also with lots of rocks in your area build up a short wall
of rock first to 1 - 3 feet, and then use hay bales from there on up.
Then seal the outside of the hay with something akin to adobe, but then put on a water proof
natural glaze or make siding out of split bamboo you have there.
Substituting hay with woven leaves is better here since its tropical, and coconut fronds make a suitable roof. I think I'm going to attempt a
tropical hybrid version of this.
In tropical areas with lots of water a raised house helps a lot if there is flooding, the hay bales or bales of
other plant matter provide cheap insulation.
Good Luck !