Earth Sheltered Home would be a Great Virtual Tour

I found an interesting article recently about “earth-sheltered homes.” The article talks about “green” housing, specifically focusing on a “living-roof.” I liked this article because the idea very original, the specific design is very unique, and the functionality is awesome. The article is about 5 pages in length, but is an easy read…easily skimmed and absorbed. Check it out at the link below:

www.motherearthnews.com/Green-Homes/2006-10-01/Earth-sheltered-Homes.aspx

The “living-roof” has many advantages:

  • Longevity for one, this roof provides protection against conditions that damage exposed roofing over time.
  • Insulation as well, soil with vegetation keeps the home warmer in the winter. The provided insulation lowers heating costs.
  • Cooling is also a plus. The shade from the plants and the evaporation of moisture on the roof keeps the home cooler. This effect, like the insulation factor, lowers cooling costs in the summer.
  • Protection from fire, radiation, and sound is a product of the roof. Adding the soil and vegetation to the sidewalls of the home can also provide protection against earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
  • Aesthetics are a huge part of what make a “living-roof” such an attractive option. Aside from the basics, the roof can be given a personal touch when choosing the vegetation scheme. This would be a great addition to any home, but especially to someone with a love for gardening.

I really do not think there is a downside to one of these “living-roofs.” Once the roof is built, you could probably do the landscaping work yourself and save a lot of money. Also, you could change the look of the roof every year if you wanted. Personally, I would like a palm tree on my roof.

I would love the opportunity to do a 360 virtual tour of a home with a living roof. That would be great for my portfolio. I’d love to hear from anyone who has done one also.

Brian Castro
Virtual Vista
West Chester Virtual Tour Provider
www.virtualvista.net
Order a virtual tour – 610-429-0288