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Category: Fiberglass

CASE STUDY : Feuille House

Built for a the weather on the coast, this simple wood/concrete underground home features an open floorplan and central two-level area with a loft.

CASE STUDY : SunEarth House

UPDATE: Apparently “SunEarth” is actually an underground home plan, which you can purchase for $325 at

This innovative underground home in colorado has the perfect blend of PAHS techniques and extensive berming. The home features floor-to-ceiling glass windows facing south,  and a less conventional passive solar system using water-filled black drums.

CASE STUDY : The Shepard House

This contemporary concrete underground home is a light-lover’s dream. With a large front facing of windows, and a greenhouse attached to the front with pass-through lighting, the house is one of the airiest completely subterranean homes around. At 2700 sqft, it’s also one of the larger traditional residences, and features an underground attached garage.

CASE STUDY : The friedrichs House

breaking the mold by using wood, the friedrichs house strays from the concrete and earth work norms. With a period-fitting traditional veneer on the southeastern side, and an earthen roof covering 2 and a half sides, this house combines the benefits of underground homes with a frontal sense of normality.

CASE STUDY : Bordie Residence – Austin, TX

This unique, underground home with a central large atrium is a prime example in the literature of classic design styling that remains modern even to this day.Unfortunately, the only details I can find for this example are featured in the 1977 book “Earth Sheltered housing design : Guidelines, examples, and references.

UPDATE 10/16/2012:
There are also quite a few references to this in a popular science article from April, 1977



  • urethane foam insulation
  • membrane waterproofing
  • mastoc and fiberglass walls
  • plastic sheeting for additional waterproofing
  • 8″ reinforced concrete walls, precast roof


Designed by Coffee and Crier, 509 Oakdale Austin TX – constructed 1975 (firm whereabouts unknown)