Earth Tempered Tiny House

Angus Macdonald, Architect

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Earth sheltering is one of the most reliable ways of conserving energy.  By reducing exposed roof and wall area, heat loss/gain is reduced.  By earth tempering I mean using this principle along with super insulation and specific materials for the building envelope to reduce heat gain/loss, conduct constant subgrade temperatures into the interior for cooling and supplement heating with passive solar orientation and design. We have designed homes using these principles that require no fossil fuel consumption for interior comfort year round.

Enclosed area = 632 sq.ft.; Veranda is about 100 sq.ft.; Total footprint = 732 sq.ft.

Floor Plan

As for materials: masonry for the rear & side walls for both strength and thermal inertia of the earth tempered style homes; insulated galvanized steel framing for the front walls and partitions, for longevity and resistance to termites, mold, mildew etc. (steel framing material is inexpensive, light, and goes up quickly).

Cutaway View

Angus Macdonald will draw the working drawings once an order is placed, so it may take some time for the plans to be delivered.

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