An Investigation On Physical Environment Of Earth-Sheltered Buildings

Bilginer M., Yağmur Ş., Sakantamıs K.

Livenarch-VII 2021; OTHER ARCHITECT/URE(S) Congress, Trabzon, Turkey, 28 - 30 September 2021, vol.1, pp.197-213

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 1
  • City: Trabzon
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.197-213
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The study was conducted to measure architects' perspectives on the environmental conditions of Earth-sheltered structures. The basic problem is that earth-shelter structures or underground architecture give bias to people. The hypothesis is with the modern earth-sheltered examples and accurate terminology, prejudices may be broken. And the research starts with the process of Earth-sheltered structures in history and future expectations. The study is based on s web-based survey. Description of the earth-shelter term was expressed to samples with the help of sections and definitions. Visual, thermal, acoustical and air quality comfort condition are asked to the samples on the web-based questionnaire. The literature searched for the subjects of "Earth-sheltered Buildings", "Sustainability", "Cave dwelling", "Building Physics Conditions of Underground Houses”. People close to the field of architecture were aware of such structures, but it was also observed that most of the subjects did not experience earthsheltered buildings. The function of the building is also an important item for subjects. Towards two types of function, people broke bias about earthshelter housing especially the prejudgments about visual and air quality comfort conditions. The fact that such structures, which have been used since the history of humanity, are suitable for human habitat, is evident by their use by people for many generations. The preconceptions against the Earth-shelter structure will be broken by increasing information and building examples