Innovations in green building
Have presented us with several interesting ways of owning a sustainable home over the past few years, but now these qualities are available in a prefab earth-shelter package. Unlike traditional houses, they blend in with the surrounding landscape, and harness the passive heating and cooling properties of the Earth. Better than a green roof – you’ll have a greenhouse, and you can assemble the entire thing yourself – in days!
The energy-efficient and eco-friendly technology used in these Green Magic Homes makes it perfectly suited to any type of terrain and climate. Desert, mountains, forest, plains, or coast… any lot is perfect. Prefabricated vaulted panels made from fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) forms the structure and are so easy to put together that 3 people can build a 2 bedroom house in a week. They go together with screws and glue. And when you’re finished, you have a solid, waterproof home with sleek and modern rooms.
Combining both new and ancient techniques puts your home under the garden – not beside it. Now, that’s green building. And if you design your earth layer right, you can literally live in a farm house. Using earth as a building material dates back to when man graduated from cave dwelling. But instead of making mud and applying it like plaster as in adobe or cob building, these homes take advantage of geotextile soil retention, allowing a thick insulation layer. Once the plantings on the roof and walls develop good root systems, they hold the soil firmly – just as grasses and wildflowers do on a hillside in Nature.
Being below the surface like this, your Green Magic home withstands extreme weather like hurricanes and earthquakes. Your cost of home maintenance will be vastly lower over time too because you won’t need to replace the roofing every 10-20 years, paint or repair siding, or do many of the other things traditional houses demand. Not only that, your home is custom manufactured to your specifications, and less expensive than conventional new construction.
The average cost to build a 2,000 square foot home in the US is about $200 per square foot for basic, low-end finishes. The lot, landscaping and decorating are extra. If you want green building materials and technologies, you’re looking at a significant cost increase. But the largest Green Magic model offers 1,917 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 4 baths at about $42 per square foot delivered. Smaller models run about $34 per square foot. Average model prices in 2015 were from under $16,000 to just over $66,000.
That’s not a finished home. You still need a lot and a slab to build on, along with plumbing, wiring, the insulating soil layer, fixtures, decorating, and landscaping. Still, since you’re not paying all those skilled tradesmen required to build the shell of your house – your savings are substantial. And if you take advantage of solar energy, your monthly cost of living savings will be sizable too.
These exciting new green building homes are being built in Georgia, Tennessee, Nova Scotia, the UK, Italy, Spain, Ecuador, and beyond. They’re available all over the world. Options start at 500 square feet, and you can add special features and more rooms. It’s also easy to build an addition later on because they’re modular.
Learn more and check out all the basic models on the Green Magic Homes website.
Images courtesy of Green Magic Homes.
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