What is The Nauhaus?
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The Nauhaus is a high performance natural building system that combines the best of cutting edge modern building science with the advantages of traditional building techniques and lifestyles. The Nauhaus system is designed to achieve:

  1. A dramatic increase in comfort, long-term affordability, and sensory enjoyment while fostering a healthier lifestyle through an increased connection to nature.
  2. Fulfillment of scientifically established benchmarks for residential construction defining a drastic reduction in emissions that contribute to our present global climate change crisis.
  3. A solid contribution to a sustainable solution for our present economic crisis by focusing on local materials and workers while creating opportunities for the creation of a variety of local green construction businesses.

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Summary of approach

» Passive solar design
» Super-insulation
» Air tight construction
» Thermal mass
» Efficient windows and doors
» Heat exchange ventilation
» High efficiency innovative heating
and cooling

» Renewable energy (carbon-neutral-ready)
» Reduced building size
» Local materials
» Water conservation
» Longevity
» Healthy indoor environment
» Healthy outdoor environment
» Beauty
» Affordability
» Marriage of design and construction

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Nauhaus Prototype Featured in Asheville Citizen Times
Jun 16, 2011 8:38pm

Read the article here. One of the highlights is you’ll find pictures of the illusive Jeff Buscher doing things like faking reading a newspaper. For these and other priceless shots, go to “Related Links” and click on “Home of the week: Buscher”... {more}

Nauhaus Prototype Update: We’re Done So Quit Askin’!
Nov 29, 2010 5:18pm

Thanks to everyone who has pushed me for an update on the carbon neutral prototype house project. I’ve had my hands full and blogging just hasn’t risen to the top of the list. Stay tuned because I have six months of great research results on a number of fronts including compressed earth... {more}

Nauhaus Prototype Gets Plastered
Jul 13, 2010 3:06pm

Exterior and interior plastering is underway on the carbon neutral Nauhaus prototype. The interior surface of the hempcrete walls has a base coat of earthen plaster consisting of sub-soil harvested from the construction site and mixed with sand and water. The mix was chosen after testing sixteen dif... {more}

Press Release: Serious Materials Doors and Windows Installed
May 14, 2010 5:38pm

The Nauhaus Prototype project hit a milestone this month with the installation of doors and windows form Serious Materials. The project hasbeen designed to reach the Passive House Standard and therefore requires extremely high performance windows. Though a number of German companies make windows i... {more}

Press Release: Hempcrete Installation Complete on Nauhaus Prototype Project
Apr 08, 2010 6:30pm

.…okay, not really a press release, just a feed from our blog. Hey, we’re a small, busy, underfunded R&D organization. What do you want from us? Jen, who has been doing these construction updates, decided to go back to school for some reason….she had some lame excuse about need... {more}

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