View Full Version : $15 earth berm eco house filmed 30 years later
09-06-2010, 01:08 AM
Another Mike Oehler creation. This one is called "the sleeper". Mike if famous for his $50 and up underground house book. This house is an above ground earth berm house. Very small, but a family of three did live in the house recently for 18 months. There are cedar trees growing out of the roof.
09-06-2010, 07:10 AM
Dunno if I'd call it "earth-berm" - it has a living roof, that isn't leaking though, which is a damn good achievement after 30-odd years :)
09-06-2010, 09:00 AM
What's earth berm?
09-06-2010, 09:50 AM
Push up & compact a heap of earth - almost as if you were building a big pad for a shed or something. The ones I've seen them do are about 30m long, 20m wide, and 5m high. Then you go in with an excavator (or a lot of people with shovels & buckets) and dig out the middle, leaving 3 - 5m thick walls. Put a roof over it, and you have anything from a big workshop (or jet / helicopter hangar) to a large meeting hall, or anything else you can think of. Originally a military idea, for quick revetments for ammo dumps, or for high value items like planes, choppers, generals, etc.
You can add rip-rap (rocks to you and me) or sandbags to the outside walls, or plant grasses & shrubs through haybales/mulch to stop erosion for long-term usage.
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