Amazing Self-Built Eco-Home Encased in a Solar Geodesic Dome
In Norwegian, Hjertefølger literally means heart follower. The family of 6 decided to follow their hearts and moved to the remote island of Sandhornøya in the Arctic Circle 3 years ago. All thanks to the enormous geodesic dome that shielded them from the harshest of weather, the Hjertefølgers have been able to live comfortably and even grow their own fruits and vegetables. The 25-ft high 49-ft wide dome is made up of single-pane glass panels that are designed to withstand high winds and heavy snow loads that are typical at this latitude. The internal cob home is fireproof, earthquake-resistant and built cheaply using a mixture of straw, sand, wood, and clay. The solar-powered home consists of three stories, five bedrooms and two bathrooms. Waste is almost non-existent in this sustainable household – all grey-water are reused for irrigation and food-scraps composted for fertilization; all household products are also biodegradable.
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