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This Home Is Both Heated And Cooled By The Earth

By Aimee Lutkin

Architecture firm BNIM was commissioned to create a house that could fit in seamlessly with a rural area of Iowa, on a parcel of land that featured a deep, dividing ravine. Their solution to the difficulties of the landscape not only honored the homeowner's request, it turned the challenges into benefits.

Inhabitat reports that the Ravine Residence is geothermally cooled and heated, which means it connects through a piping system to the stable temperatures of the earth beneath the surface. Geothermal systems are incredibly efficient, and can cut the cost of heating and cooling bills by up to 80 percent.