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Earth sheltered housing has always been used by man throughout the ages. The need to conserve energy has forced man to seek alternative methods of housing that will meet this need. Earth sheltered housing has been in the shadow of above ground structures for many years. Recently the value of earth sheltered housing has been reexamined and a great deal of work has taken place towards the refinement of this old housing concept.

In the process of refining an old concept many new ideas, materials, and problems have surfaced. There have been many trial and error approaches to refinement as well as many scientific and technological approaches in coming up with solutions to problems of earth sheltered design and implementation. In recent years much has been learned, tested, and written about, in the area of earth sheltered housing. It is the intent of this research to study the most effective designs and methods of building earth sheltered housing. ln some issues a "best" method or design may not be determinable. Thanks to the work of a mall but growing number of individuals and groups interested in earth sheltered housing a lot has been learned in recent years. It is necessary to research the work of many different people and to synthesize the best presently known methods of earth sheltered housing implementation.

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Master of Arts


Department of Industrial Technology


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