Green Homes

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

Attic Renovation

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Editors

Guide to an attic renovation: how to figure out if your attic is ready for upward mobility, including conducting an inspection, structure, access and space. Originally published as "A Decision Maker's Guide to Attic Remodeling" January/February 1987 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


Choosing Skylights for Homes

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Editors

This article helps MOTHER readers when choosing skylights for homes, including types of skylights, self-curbing fixed skylight, and a list of skylight manufacturers. Originally published as "Welcome a Slice of Sky" January/February 1987 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


Green Building Techniques: Superinsulation

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Editors

Designers are blending the best green building techniques to make better buildings, including using superinsulation such as double wall construction, Larsen truss, and thick conventional walls. Originally published as "Superinsulation For the Masses" September/October 1986 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


Solar Heating and Cooling With the Sun

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Editors

Jim Harmon achieved an almost self-sufficient homestead constructed of inexpensive materials and a solar heating and cooling system adapted from a natural ventilation system from Middle Eastern home design.  Originally published as "Heating and Cooling With The Sun" July/August 1986 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 


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Hazardous Household Products

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Editors

Information is the key to consumer self-defense when it comes to hazardous household products, including definitions, food additives, kitchenware, household products, pesticides, cosmetics and building materials. Originally published as "Hazardous Household Substances" July/August 1986 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


Create Solar Heat for Metal Buildings Using TAP

By Luke Elliot

The low-cost way to add solar heat to metal buildings, including how to build using the TAP system, cost of materials, and diagrams for ducts, dampers and framing. Originally published as "Tap The Sun" July/August 1986 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


La Casa del Sol: A Passive-Solar House

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Editors

Sister Paula Gonzalez gathered volunteers to create a superinsulated, passive-solar house called La Casa del Sol, made entirely with donated or recycled parts, or purchased with the sale of recycled materials. Originally published as "La Casa del Sol" May/June 1986 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


Installing a Solar Water Heater

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

How to install a store-bought or homemade solar water heater that uses solar energy. Originally published as "Closing the Circuit: Installing The Solar Water Heater" in the January/February 1986 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.




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