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Earth-Sheltered House: A Case Study of Dobraca Village House near Kragujevac, Serbia

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Rudnik Urbanism Design Architecture, 34000 Kragujevac, Serbia
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Departmant of architecture and urbanism, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
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Sustainability 2018, 10(10), 3629; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103629
Received: 14 August 2018 / Revised: 7 October 2018 / Accepted: 7 October 2018 / Published: 11 October 2018
This paper presents the case study of the authors’ design of the earth-sheltered house in Village Dobraca near Kragujevac, Serbia, in the context of development and some thermal properties of the underground housing. The historical insight, in brief, provides a better understanding of the reasons for their modern use as energy efficient and sustainable structures. It shows that underground houses even today are more thermally efficient than above ground houses since, besides earth, there is no need for new additional thermal layers. The article also includes a review of the representative physical forms of the underground housing through different periods, with the result of measurement of their main properties. The study of the underground housing structures provides an insight of the relation between the location and typology of underground homes in a contest of climate zones. These structures have an almost constant temperature, which provides the primary “comfort” condition in which the man is determined to live in. The results on property-based monitoring data showed that the earth-sheltered house could provide the thermal comfort that is close to the ideal human needs temperature. Today, the new materials and especially the solar, geothermal, and wind accessories, enables the maximum sustainability of these specific building structures and provides them with an even better energy efficiency. View Full-Text
Keywords: earth-sheltered house; underground housing; historical insight; property-based monitoring data; sustainability earth-sheltered house; underground housing; historical insight; property-based monitoring data; sustainability
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Milanović, A.R.; Kurtović Folić, N.; Folić, R. Earth-Sheltered House: A Case Study of Dobraca Village House near Kragujevac, Serbia. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3629.

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