Green Island, New York based Ecovative, a material science company is currently growing the world’s first house made of mushrooms – “Mushroom Tiny House”. With a footprint of 12’x 7’, unlike traditional houses the wooden walls of the Mushroom Tiny House will be lined with mycelium (or mushroom “roots”). Once it’s done growing, this mushroom insulation will continue to dry over the course of a month forming an airtight seal and excellent thermal protection. The material will be affordable, fire resistant and will have low or no VOCs. In addition to naturally-grown insulation, the house will also have ceiling tiles made of mushroom material.
Ecovative is a company founded by Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre, who formulated a new process for binding together insulating particles, creating materials that could replace Styrofoam™. Rather than just decreasing the environmental impact of conventional polystyrene foams, this invention created a whole new paradigm where composite materials are literally grown, harnessing the incredible efficiency of nature.