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Can you convert a traditional home into a wofati-lite?

 
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I realize the Reverend Dr. Wheaton might demur to call it a full-on Wofati, but could a traditional home be converted into Wofati-lite? I've got a traditional 4-walled house from 1860. It sits on a tiny artifical hill created, I think, to encourage water to run away from the foundation rather than into it. Just curious if anybody has undertaken converting a house in this manner and if it was worth the effort. Did it help heating and cooling costs in the winter? What's been your experience?
 
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Can I ask why?
 
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Most homes are not built to turned into earth sheltered. I would be very worried of a house built in the 1800's.

Think about how much earth weighs. A lot! Not counting snow load. So berming the sides or worse putting on the roof can be dangerous.

Earth sheltered homes need to be especially designed to take heavy loads. Most homes designed to stand without earth are not made to take such weight.
 
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Devin Lavign wrote:Most homes are not built to turned into earth sheltered. I would be very worried of a house built in the 1800's.

Think about how much earth weighs. A lot! Not counting snow load. So berming the sides or worse putting on the roof can be dangerous.

Earth sheltered homes need to be especially designed to take heavy loads. Most homes designed to stand without earth are not made to take such weight.



This house is built from solid timber. Whole roof is solid as a brick, but I take your meaning.
 
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John C Daley wrote:Can I ask why?



Because I cannot sell and want to reduce heating, cooling, etc needs insofar as possible. Wondering if it's been done.
 
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Is it possible to retrofit insulation?
 
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Lets break this down into it's components.

Green Roof
Could your 1800's house support a green roof. I highly recommend that you hire a structural engineer to take a look, at your house in person.

Earth Bermed Walls
What if you just placed some haybales, against the walls, then shape them to be a curvy hill vs boxy step hill, followed by just liner, with a thin layer of dirt on top, growing some sedge?
 
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