Ordinarily, finding mushrooms in your home would mean that you’ve got a moisture problem somewhere. But the Mushroom Tiny House built by Ecovative includes fungus as an essential part of its structure.
The exterior of the home is wood, but between the exterior and the wooden interior walls sits an insulation layer of mycelium (the “roots” of mushrooms). The material is affordable, fire resistant and contains virtually no VOCs. It also offers amazing thermal protection, saving the home dwellers money on heating and cooling.
This particular home was built to demonstrate that the construction industry has green, inexpensive alternatives to the typical materials they have been using for decades. It’s truly tiny – just 12′ X 7′ – but it wasn’t intended to be an actual home. It was constructed for the 2013 Tiny House Fair in Vermont.
Ecovative is working on other mushroom-based construction alternatives. The Mushroom Tiny House features acoustic ceiling tiles made of a mushroom material and the group believes that they will soon be able to offer a DIY kit for making your very own Mushroom Tiny House.