There’s a neat, nerdy new blog and monthly magazine feature called Green Dream over at Popular Science (or PopSci as the kids are callin’ it these days) ...

PopSci staff photographer John B. Carnett is following his dreams by building a green home from the ground up. Lucky for us, he's inviting readers along with him step by step. The home, a 3,500 square-foot contemporary in Greenwich, NY, is being erected on three acres of land as cheaply — and greenly — as possible.

The blog just launched so Carnett isn’t too far along in building his humble eco-abode. He’s selected recyclable, prefabricated, insulating panels to build the basic frame with (in lieu of lumber) and he’s also taken a look at solar thermal tracking dishes and whole-house lighting systems. Remember folks, this is Popular Science, not Coastal Living, so don’t hold your breath for anything about draught-resistant landscaping or cork furniture. The focus will be primarily on energy-saving technology that appeals to green greeks. 

Green Dream is another pseudo-voyeuristic, project-based green home series to follow in addition to the Guardian’s excellent eco home refurbishment experiment, Green Your Home. I’ll report back on Carnett’s trials and tribulations as his project progresses.

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.