House construction

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Design considerations

Universal design and passive solar design are established design approaches that are ERE-compatible. Some conventional house systems may be unnecessary for an ERE dwelling, e.g. a garage or air conditioning unit. However, an ERE house might benefit from unusual or anachronistic features such as a root cellar, canning area, greenhouse, or workshop.

Traditional DIY methods

Also known as stick-built or balloon framed.


Alternative DIY methods



Dry stack concrete

Earth sheltering

Log cabin

Rammed earth

Slipform stone

Tent Home

Kits and systems


Some DIY-friendly structures, while not explicitly a "house," may be used as a permanent dwelling.

Marine Vessels

  • houseboat
  • sailboat

Vehicle Conversions

Shipping Container Homes

Other Ideas