Green Living

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

What Is Passive Cooling and What Can You Do to Make It Work for You?

By Dan Chiras

Passive cooling is natural air conditioning. By reducing a home’s internal and external heat gains, with clever techniques like properly positioned shade trees, houses can be completely cooled without using a mechanical air conditioner.


How to Choose Eco-Friendly Decking

By Jennifer Tuohy, Home Depot

Building an eco-friendly deck involves many considerations. Choosing the right material is certainly one of them, but other factors are also involved, including climate, location, and budget. This post reviews the important factors.


The Growing Economy of Salvaged Urban Wood

By Megan Offner, The Wood-Mizer Team

Megan Offner of New York Heartwoods is salvaging downed and damaged city trees to redirect material from our waste stream, decrease greenhouse emissions, and fuel the demand for local wood products.


Cordwood Chicken Coops

By Richard Flatau, Cordwood Construction Resources

Cordwood chicken coops are the ideal method of protecting your birds and providing warmth and security. Enjoy these pictures of unique cordwood chicken coops throughout North America.


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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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