Green Homes

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

Going Green at Home in 3 Simple Steps

By Paul Kazlov, Global Home Improvement

Going green can mean something as simple as changing your light bulbs to LEDs. Here are some important tips to go green at home.

Building a Cabin on Stilts

By Anna Twitto

Stilts are what keeps your house standing — they are one of the most crucial parts of the entire structure. Our cabin stands on wooden stilts, but thinking back, we realize that a steel construction might have been a better choice in terms of stability and endurance. Learn from us about the benefits and potential problems of building a house on stilts.

Choosing Natural Building Materials for Improved Indoor Air Quality

By Paul Wood, ShelterWorks

You might think building a green home automatically means you’re building one with good indoor air quality. That’s not necessarily the case. There’s no guarantee eco-friendly materials are also low in pollutants. And what you put in your home after construction can have an enormous impact on air quality. Here are three ways to ensure the air you’re breathing inside your home is as good as — or better than — the air you’re breathing outside.

Two Stories About Building Resilient Communities and Bio-Regions

By Jan Spencer

These are two recent stories I have been a part of. One, the North American Permaculture Convergence. The second is creating a Neighborhood Watch group on my street that can lead to a more ambitious set of actions on the street. Learn how to start these initiatives of your own.


Adventures in Composting Human Waste into 'Humanure' Fertilizer

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, Be the Change Project

Recently I came across a spate of comments about “humanure,” or the composting of human waste. I thought I would share the experiences of our friend, Gus, in California who has been creating humanure compost for over 5 year

How to Green Clean Your Kitchen After a Remodel (with Natural Dish Soap Recipe)

By Sommer Poquette, Home Depot

A kitchen remodel or big kitchen renovation means lots of cleaning afterwards. This post provides some pointers for cleaning the green way to ease environmental impact while also saving time and money.

5 Ways Hiring an HVAC Professional Can Save You Money

By Adrienne Z. Milligan

Have you wandered the aisles of your local home improvement store trying to determine what you need for your home’s air conditioning or furnace? If you are unsure about what is wrong with your equipment, get a professional’s opinion or you could be spending money unnecessarily.

Building with Physical Limitations

By Anna Twitto

Living with injury is a constant struggle for everyone, especially someone aiming to homestead. Even a simple thing such as getting a sack of chicken feed out of the car can be a problem, and we often ask a neighbor for help with that. Here is what to do when health issues interfere with building the home of your dreams.

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Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.