We will design and build to your specific floor plan
or choose from our 80 page plan book,
Earth Sheltered Designs.
Earth Powered Homes from Davis Caves sets the standard
for excellence in earth-sheltered design and construction. Each
home is crafted from the finest materials according to plans and
specifications prepared by professional architects and engineers.
A sampling of the exciting designs being built across the country
are shown HERE! or, if you prefer, custom
home planning is available. Once you have selected a plan
meeting your needs, Davis Caves starts constructing your
state-of-the-art home. Adaptable to most terrain configurations,
it will have strong, steel-reinforced concrete walls and roof,
poured on the site to exacting, commercial standards. After
the application of waterproofing, insulation, and tiling, the
home is covered with a contoured blanket of at least three feet
of earth. Your home now has EARTH POWER! The temperature
moderating properties of the earth mean that you may have to heat
your home only 10-15 degrees to be comfortable during even the
coldest winters. In addition to being cool in the summer, your
Earth Powered Home will be storm and fire resistant, quiet,
secure, and will require only minimal maintenance. The interior
may be finished to your taste, whether traditional or contemporary.
If you have been seeking a home that is efficient in its use of
space and energy and is built in harmony with the earth, come
to Davis Caves, the largest and most experienced builder
of earth-sheltered homes.
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO VISIT A MODEL HOME
The Davis Family built the first Davis Cave Earth Sheltered
Home in 1976. The energy crisis of the 1970's, and resulting
skyrocketing costs to heat and cool homes, created our business
in 1977. Our Earth Sheltered Homes offer a year-round energy
savings of 50% - 80%, and a tremendous savings on maintenance
costs. Creative floor plans allow an abundance of natural light.
The applications for Earth Sheltered building are endless. Even
though the majority of our business is residential, the Earth
Sheltered concept has been applied to numerous types of buildings
such as offices, veterinarian clinics and churches. In the agricultural
field, we have built underground farrowing houses.
A new era of homes has been born with
WHY THEY WORK
THE TEMPERATURE OF THE EARTH IS AT THE 8 FOOT MARK IS A CONSTANT
58 DEGREES. THIS TEMPERATURE WILL VARY SLIGHTLY DEPENDING ON THE
The Davis Caves concept utilizes the energy of the earth
(Earth Power) to provide heating in the Winter and cooling in
the Summer. Example: WIth an outside temperature of 10 degrees
below, it would be necessary to raise the temperature in a conventional
home 80 degrees to reach a comfortable 70 degree level. A Davis
Caves Earth Sheltered Home of the same size would require
the temperature to be raised only 12 degrees to reach the same
70 degrees. Regardless of how cold the outside temperature is.
MINIMUM OF THREE FEET OF EARTH COVER
As opposed to an "Earth Bermed" house (with a conventional
roof), our reinforced concrete ceiling, coupled with Earth on
top (earth cover), provides safety from storms, tonadoes, and
fire. Our Earth covered roof also eliminates maintenance, such
as cleaing gutters, re-painting, re-shigling, etc. Also, with
a conventional roof, you are unable to take advantage of the "Earth
Power" at the eight foot level.
REINFORCED CONCRETE SHELL
Our ceiling and load-bearing walls are poured-in-place concrete,
heavily reinforced with re-bar. All structural calculations are
by licensed architects and structural engineers. Our concrete
ceiling and walls easily lend themselves to a smooth or plastered
finish. The interior may be finished to your taste, whether it
be traditional or contemporary. Our shell crews install all rough-in
electrical and plumbing in the concrete.
AIR CIRCULATION SYSTEM
Our "fresh-air" circulation system removes concern for
radon gas, etc.
THE HOME IS PROPERLY INSULATED
Our method controls the transfer of the heat and cooling properties
of the earth and concrete. The proper placement of styrofoam insulation
is vital to this process. We recommend extrudent polystyrene insulation.
The tile is placed on, around, and beneath the structure If any
water should reach the structure, the tile will carry it away
from the building. Davis Caves does not build below the
Bentonite is used to repel any/all water that may reach the structure.
This sealer is used because of its proven record of dependability
and its superior water-repellant qualitites.
Davis Caves, Inc.
Atlanta, IL 61723