In the early days it was rare
to see an Earth Sheltered House, but slowly and surely over the
years we see them becoming more accepted by the general public,
as their benefits become evident.
Early advocates gave energy efficiency as the
reason they chose this form of housing, and indeed the principle
of using the stored “coolth” of the ground mass was
readily shown to be sound. In 1983 I was awarded the Energy
House of the Year Award by the Housing Industry Association
of Australia and the South Australian Energy Council.
Other home-builders saw the obvious safety
aspects of a structure built from reinforced concrete and covered
with soil. This included resistance to bush-fires, cyclones and
earthquakes….collectively called “hazard avoidance”.
Several Earth Sheltered Houses survived the horrendous Ash Wednesday