Hello all, just found this forum yesterday (from the Country Plans forum) and have been enjoying looking around. I have been a fan of Mike Oehler and his $50 and Up Underground Housing Book for quite a while, and Glenn Kangiser (the Troglodyte) and his PSP underground complex in California. Love the theory and practice of PSP for affordable, durable, beautiful housing.
I was writing today to let you guys know about Cody Lundin. He is a survival expert who lives in Arizona, a published author who practices what he preaches. I read one of his books, 98.6 Degrees, the Art of Keeping Your Ass ALive! After reading the book, I looked him up online and with great interest read about his underground home built in the mountains of Arizona.
The following is from his website, codylundin.com
Cody’s home is a passive solar earth home made from parabolas of rebar that were sprayed with “gunite” (similar to shotcrete). It’s built into the southern face of a hill in a landscape that regularly records seasonal extremes of single digit to below zero temperatures during the winter, to sizzling, triple digit temperatures during the summer. By using intelligent design characteristics of proper orientation, thermal mass, insulation, glazing and ventilation, the home keeps a constant temperature of 60 to 75 degrees with no external means of heating or cooling! We have no heating or cooling bills, nor do we burn wood or do anything other than enjoy a temperate indoor climate all year-round.
I thought it was impressive even before I realized he doesn't have to heat a cool a home in an area that experiences around 100 degree variances in outside temperature year round
It's a very fascinating story, he has already explained it on his website better than I could here. I just wanted to say hello to all and let everyone know about another fascinating, owner built, off grid house.
Thanks for that link. I just spent some time looking over his website -- it's pretty impressive. Wish I could take one of his desert survival courses. And I'd like to have more information on how he built his house, what the costs were, and so on.
You're welcome. I have had a lot of fun at his site as well. It sounds like his book, When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes! has more information about Cody's home. Not sure, I haven't got that book yet. Of couse, you could always ask Cody.
Take care, Lauren
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