Close-to-Earth Cottage: A Holistic Home for Northern Dwellers- Coleen Geraghty

A change to common practices in the construction industry would have a positive effect on the environment and people. To change the industry, people must learn to use and appreciate natural building materials and practices. The comfort of alternative building methods and the affordability of these options are best showcased on a residential home level. However, alternative building technologies are not often synthesized. In New Mexico, the Greater Earthship Community has mastered a synthesized off-grid home for the high desert climate that is tested and repeatable with alternative building methods. No such design exists for cold-climate houses. With inspiration from Earthships, I combined civil engineering and sustainability to analyze multiple alternative building techniques and synthesize systems for a northern climate. This project contains a cost estimate, plans, and other documents for the construction of this home. This Close-to-Earth Cottage is good for people, light on pocketbooks, and beneficial to the planet.

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