Green Homes

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

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.


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.


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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.


Indoor Air Quality and Your Health

By Paul Scheckel

Our homes are closed up tightly against winter and full of people and pollution generating activities like cooking and cleaning. A growing body of research indicates that poor IAQ leads to physical health problems and reduction in cognitive function. Reducing the air leakage of your home also is one of the best things you can do to improve its energy efficiency.


Green Cleaning for a Healthy Home

By Anna Twitto

Simple, effective tips for cleaning without a multitude of harsh chemicals.


Meet the Mobile, Off-Grid Tiny Solar House Traveling Across America

By Michael Chance, Chance Marketing Group

What happens when a passion for solar energy gets combined with enthusiasm for traveling, facilitated by the small-house movement? Enter the Tiny Solar House, a mobile marketing campaign that gives people a first-hand example of the practicability of living in a home powered by solar.