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Building Design and Energy Consumption of a Selected Group of Earth Sheltered Houses in an Eight State Area

Seals, Lanny Maurice
Energy consumption for a selected group of earth sheltered houses in the south central United States was studied and compared to typical above ground houses in the same area. A Building Design Index was developed to assist designers and potential earth sheltered housing owners in the design of earth sheltered houses, with specific reference to energy consumption. Earth sheltered homes investigated consumed less overall energy than did typical above ground home studied. The Building Design Index could not be sufficiently validated in this study; however, as a proposed tool it has significant potential.