Gallery: Tiny House Made of Mushrooms is Now Complete!

And, since we had to ask, will the Mushroom Tiny House's insulation be edible? "It’s like eating cardboard," said Ecovative rep Melanie Frenkel. "You can eat it, but they don’t recommend it. It’s not good."

The Mushroom Tiny House isn’t a behemoth. With a footprint of 12′ x 7′, it’s more of an Enoki than a full-grown Portabello. But what the home lacks in size, it makes up for with its impressive use of green materials. Unlike traditional houses, which are often lined with petroleum-based foam insulation, the wooden walls of the Mushroom Tiny House are lined with mycelium (or mushroom “roots”). This mushroom insulation forms an airtight seal and excellent thermal protection. According to Ecovative, it is also affordable, fire resistant and has low or no VOCs. In addition to naturally-grown insulation, the house also has ceiling tiles made of mushroom material.

“At its core, our vision in the building industry is to offer architects, builders and consumers the ultimate solution for eco-friendly, energy-efficient construction at a price that is far less costly to our health, the environment and our pocketbooks,” said Ecovative Co-Founder Eben Bayer.

After the home was completed in mid-June, Ecovative‘s mushroom house was transported by trailer from Green Island, New York to Vermont for the 2013 Tiny House Fair.

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4 Comments

  1. RodRick Ekwall June 11, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Is the mycelium alive upon its placement inside the structure? As in is it allowed to grow into the structural wood framing or is dried mycelium just being placed into the cavities of the wall?

    If dried – would it not be better to allow it to fuse to the side walls while alive?

    If alive – are there concerns about infections to the mycelium? Also myceluim has a tendency to grow on the outer limits of the substrate and avoid progressing into the inner core is this a concern?
    Is that a wood substrate or just grain spawn?

  2. Monica Martinez June 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Yuka Yoneda,
    Just for the record, In 2009, Phil Ross constructed the first fungus architectural house and was presented in Dusseldorf, Germany: http://philross.org/#projects/mycotecture/
    And in 2010 TIME magazine wrote about it: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1957474,00.html

  3. Volt Report June 3, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Fungus can be everything nowadays…

  4. Couchsurfingcook User1 May 31, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    This is a great use of your Ecovative technology. Congrats and gave fun at the Rimy House Fair!