We recently discussed the characteristics of a cob home. A cob home is becoming increasingly popular as a green building option for individuals. There are several benefits of building a cob home as opposed to upgrading a home to green standards or using an alternative such as tiny home-building and complete off the grid building here are a few of the benefits of cob homes for individuals to consider.
Cob homes are made of. Low-cost and natural materials. In fact the four main materials used in building Cob homes are made of clay, water, straw and earth. Though some individuals may think that this is a primitive form of living, the truth is that this low-cost building has higher durability than more traditional homes and offers an increasing amount of comfort for the owner.
Cob homes fall under a geothermal energy efficiency category. For example, a Cob home will naturally heat the home during the winter and cooler home during the summer. This means that there is virtually no electric bill. In fact, the individuals who do have electric bills for their Cob homes generally used electric to run small appliances, Internet capabilities and kitchen area appliances. Without a heating or cooling bill, many individuals have found that the energy efficiency of a Cob home pays for itself within the first few months.
Currently the United States does not have any building codes specified for Cob homes. This means that for individuals who own their own land the option of building a Cob home is up to them. With no building codes this means an individual can create a home that they want to have with a comfort level that pleases and suits their lifestyle. It also means there are no additional payments required or fees for the building. The building has may be created in the future as green homes become increasingly popular, currently there are no known states, cities or counties that are requiring special building permits are codes.
Open Location Options
There are no location restrictions for building a cob home. Cob homes are built from natural resources found in the area. This means if someone wants to build a cob home in the woods they can utilize not only the natural resources found there but also trees, leaves and other natural materials to build a home that fits within that landscape environment. However, if someone is located in a woodland type of environment they can also build a Cob home out of the local materials. Cob homes are designed to fall within the landscape and the environment they are built in so they can function within that environment to their full capacity.
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