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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2015/B62/S27.079

TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE: UNDERGROUND AND SEMI-BURIED HOUSES VERSUS CONVENTIONAL HOUSES

I. Moldovan, S. Moldovan, N. Ilies
Tuesday 26 January 2016 by Libadmin2015

References: 15th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2015, www.sgem.org, SGEM2015 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-43-8 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 18-24, 2015, Book6 Vol. 2, 607-614 pp

ABSTRACT
The changes in the surrounding environment, the constant search for new ways to decrease the consumption of natural resources reflect not only in the way live or eat but in the way we build our homes. The theoretical research revealed that the model of underground or semi-buried houses can represent a potential solution in the context of today’s residential necessities. The theoretical experiments have shown that the houses in contact with the earth behave considerably better than the conventional ones, at least in terms of heat loss. Closer to the present day we can identify that the contemporary model of underground and semi-buried houses has a more frequent occurrence during economic crisis. We are still facing such a situation, thus the actuality of the subject is recognizable. The study was conducted in order to address the lack of regulations in what concerns the house typology in discussion as well as some erroneous information that affect the reality of their efficiency in terms of thermal resistance and energy consumption.

Keywords: environmental friendly; heat loss; soil temperature; thermal resistance; underground homes