VA Earthship Project - starpathimages

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Earthships cost the same as standard homes to build but have little to no utility bills after construction. They are significantly less expensive over the long-term than traditional homes. The house is "bermed," meaning that dirt is gently placed, from ground to roof line, on the northern, eastern, and western sides of the home. The berm is about 15-20 feet deep. Think of it as a huge earthen blanket that provides insulation equivalent to 10 layers of the standard pink stuff.