Green Homes

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

Greening the Neighborhood: Common Ground Garden, Eugene, Oregon

By Jan Spencer

Neighbors in Eugene's Friendly Neighborhood turn a grassy and soggy unused street right of way into a thriving cooperative garden and landmark for building civic culture.


Removing Grass: Less Work, More Green

By Megan Wild

Grass requires a lot of upkeep, but should you remove it entirely? Probably not and here's why.


Making the Most of Water on Your Property: Runoff, Drainage, and Irrigation

By Destiny Hagest

Water can be both a blessing and a nuisance, depending on how well-prepared you are for it. These common sense measures will help you take your property's unique characteristics into consideration as you build your homestead.


What Is a Passive House?

By Jennifer Tuohy, Home Depot

For so long, the idea of building green has always come with substantial upfront costs and the promise of long-term payoffs. The concept of a Passive House is one that costs about the same as a regular house but eliminates the monthly power bill.


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8 Huge Benefits of Living in a Tiny House

By Jennifer Poindexter, Morning Chores

Today, we will go over the top 10 benefits of living in a tiny house, and hey, you might even want to start considering one.


A Hand-Built Cabin in the Woods of British Columbia’s Hornby Island

By Lloyd Kahn, Shelter Publications

Meet Michael McNamara and his hand-built cabin in the woods on British Columbia’s Hornby Island. There was a serious back-to-the land movement going on in that part of the world when Michael built his home — he felt so sympático with it that he moved to Hornby. In a year-and-a-half, he bought 10 acres and has been there ever since.


What Is OLED Lighting: And How Is It Different from LEDs?

By Jennifer Tuohy, Home Depot

By now, most people are aware of the impact of LED lighting, which has become a key factor in the energy-use revolution over the last decade. But the technology has evolved even further. Now we have organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs. This article explores the new technology and highlights differences with traditional LEDs.


A Tucson Couple Builds Houses of Mud and Straw

By Lloyd Kahn, Shelter Publications

The Steens live on a 40-acre homestead 70 miles southeast of Tucson (15 miles by crow-flight from Mexico) and at the end of a dirt road. Bill and Athena use their homestead to host a series of workshops on straw bale building, natural wall finishes (main ingredient mud), earthen floors, clay ovens, and harvesting and cooking agave and prickly pear.