While a lot of us today look at mushrooms as a source of food, many designers have begun to experiment with fungi in order to create various new and innovative purposes for the organic matter. Some of the various purposes for the biomaterial include clothing, packaging and one of the most hyped about product today with building material is insulation. Within the last few years mushroom insulation is seen as a prime competitor and more earth friendly alternative to plastic foam boards used in building construction/These mushroom boards are composed of mycelium that are packed together in between the walls. Within the duration of three days the mycelium fibers will grow and solidifies the once loose particles into a tightly sealed insulation and after a month the mushroom insulation will naturally dry out and becomes dormant to the boards that it adheres to. These boards not only help out with replacing a lot of the environmentally-harmful material that are used in typical insulations but aid in better indoor air quality. Mycelium is in its own a natural adhesive component for these mushroom boards and therefore unhealthy volatile organic compounds used in typical insulation are not need resulting in better indoor air quality.
Mushroom insulation have a strong potential to one day completely replace regular insulation methods used today. These boards are innovative products that not only beneficial to the environment but the health of the people that occupy the buildings that these insulations are used in.
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Bailes, Allison. “Is Mushroom Insulation the World’s Greenest Insulating Material?” Is Mushroom Insulation the World’s Greenest Insulating Material? ArchDaily, 09 Feb. 2014. Web. 09 Sept. 2016