Green Home

Green Home

Damien Hirst to build eco-homes, possibly full of formaldehyde

World’s richest artist Damien Hirst, best known for preserved sharks and diamond-encrusted skulls and having his assistants make all his artwork, apparently owns an obscene amount of land in Ilfracombe parish, Devon, England. And he wants to use it to build a development of 500 “eco-homes.” 

Cities

The McMansion trend has peaked

Americans' ideal home size declined to 2,100 square feet from a peak of 2,300, according to real estate research firm Trulia.

Green Home

House fit for a green: Sustainable home construction booms

With the value of the residential green building market expected to grow fivefold by 2016, builders say going green is great for their business.

Cities

Austin gets a super swank zero-energy suburb

How do you build a (nearly) net-zero-energy suburb in 2008, at the nadir of the economic crash, when no bank in the country is convinced you’ll be able to sell your more energy-efficient but pricier homes?

Green Home

This house is so tiny it fits in your pocket

Two hundred square feet? SO last year. The newest tiny house folds up to fit in your pocket.

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Super-cute M.I.A. parody about home efficiency

Okay, this is not exactly new but it is totally charming and looks like it could use a wider audience:

Green Home

Ask Umbra: Why are my CFLs burning out so quickly?

Umbra offers illumination on CFLs (fritzy and otherwise), LEDs, and halogen incandescents.

Green Home

‘Cabin porn’ fuels your Thoreau fantasies

If you’ve been daydreaming about packing up and moving off-grid, maybe to Walden Pond or the Lake Isle of Innisfree, the Free Cabin Porn Tumblr will help give shape to your fantasies. If you haven’t, well, you just might now.

Living

How to start urban composting in your building

Dirt is great stuff: You can grow things in it, which means that in the future when the only thing left is climate change, zombies, and Terminators designed to look like Kardashians, it will be a kind of wealth. So you should probably be hoarding it like a Ron Paul fanboy hoards gold. The cool thing is that, unlike gold, you can produce your own dirt — even if you live in a city.

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