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Building Science

Mycelium fibers that will be the future of building materials

These fine white filaments are mycelium—basically mushroom roots. It is the means by which fungus stays connected and nuorished, but researchers have also discovered it may be a means to disrupt the building materials market. Insulation, door cores, flooring, cladding, light fixtures, furniture—mycelium is a cheap, durable, and easy to manufacture alternative to all and more. 

With price spikes and shortages of traditional building materials, it may be time to start considering non-traditional ones

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Use wide tape to span the many layers in a thick wall for an air- and water-tight seal

An energy-minded carpenter’s take on when it makes sense to use less wood in a wall—and when it doesn’t

Photo: Dan Morrison

It may look rustic—it means ‘to flower out’ in French—but it can get ugly if it causes deterioration in brick or block

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