Green Homes

The ins and outs of green construction and natural building, with specifics on solar design, home insulation and more.

6 Things More Difficult than Building Yourself a Green Home

By Atulya K Bingham

People think building is difficult. It’s not. And in the hope of encouraging a few more wannabe natural builders, I’ve compiled the following list. Because in my experience, there are far harder things in life than building a house.


How to Install a Chimney Chase Cover (with Video)

By Jaquelin White, Rockford Chimney Supply

Installing a chimney chase cover is a common project among do-it-yourself homeowners. Many homes were built with galvanized chase covers which rust after a few years – causing leaks and rust stains. Homes that were built with a masonry chimney eventually end up with a cracked and weathered mortar crown, also causing leaks and damage to the home.


Home-Insulation Considerations for Spring

By Uma Campbell

According to the Department of Energy, many Americans are leaching up to 30% of their heated or cooled air through leaks, cracks or poor insulation. While you can hire a professional to perform a complete home energy audit, homeowners can conquer this important task themselves by following some simple guidelines, especially when it comes to checking and/or adding additional attic insulation if necessary.


Reader Roundup: DIY Composting Toilets

From the MOTHER EARTH NEWS community

Before you set up your own DI composting toilet, read the experiences of several folks who have successfully — and happily — lived with simple bucket toilets.


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How to Set Up a Bathroom Recycling Station

By Sommer Poquette, Home Depot

Recycling in the home shouldn't be confined to the kitchen. The bathroom can be a haven for recyclable items too. This post shares some ideas on setting up a recycling system for the household bathroom.


How to Make a Living Roof (Even in a Hot, Dry Climate)

By Atulya K Bingham

The first time I saw a living roof, I knew I wanted one. Unfortunately, I live on the Mediterranean where summers are hot and dry. Here’s how to make a living roof that sometimes dies.


Book Review: My House of Earth

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, Be the Change Project

This new book by veteran natural builder Conrad Rogue of House Alive natural builders is a treasure of technique and philosophy.


10 Tips for Heating With Wood

By Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton

Learn to choose the right-sized wood stove, manage your firewood and light, and maintain quality fires to heat your home with wood.




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Sept. 15-17, 2017
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