Friday, February 10, 2012

Turf Houses of Iceland

Long before anyone thought of "going green", Iceland has been home to Turf Houses since the Iron Age. Turf was used on houses, churches, stables, and usually anywhere that people or animals needed to stay dry and warm. Made out of timber first, and then turf for the walls and roof, these homes were preferred by both the rich and the poor because of the amazing heat retention qualities of turf. Nobody lives in the Iceland turf houses anymore, but many still exist and are used for storage or outhouses.

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