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During the first oil crunch in the seventies, there was a lot of architectural design activity centered around this concept. I know a number of demonstration proof of concept houses were built. For some reason it never caughtg on. WHY?

I know a few had structural leakage at seams but this kind of problem was solved if you can believe the house building magazines directed at trades not the public.

I’m guessing peoples reaction to dwelling ‘underground’ was a bigger objection.

By northern climes what do you define it as. Although we do live as far north as alaaska I also know people living way down in the lower 48 who have as cold and harsh a winter as anything we see up here.

Slab construction may have its down side but also has some benefits for the home builder who lacks heavy excavation equipment.

Straw Bale construction overcomes many of the disadvantages because the walls are so well insulated. In many areas the underelying bedrock is so close to the surface as to make hole in the ground construction very costly.