These are some of the basic skills we look for in Nauhaus employees.
Posts regarding ‘The Awesome’
Here is a timelapse video of the construction from late August, up to Tuesday November 10. Notice the leaves changing colors!
Well, one wall anyway.
The rest will be installed after the Eco Panels go up.
Perhaps Team Nauhaus should choose a project to let our idle office computers support.
The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) is a non-commercial middleware system for volunteer and grid computing. It was originally developed to support the SETI@home project before it became useful as a platform for other distributed applications in areas as diverse as mathematics, medicine, molecular biology, climatology, and astrophysics. The intent of BOINC is to make it possible for researchers to tap into the enormous processing power of personal computers around the world.
This short film by Gus van Sant, based upon an essay by William S. Burroughs, hilariously presents a more satisfying and pleasant way to live. Last night, a few Nauhaus comrades and friends tried the method of simply re-doing anything that gets clumsily screwed-up, and it was very successful. The well-executed delivery of the ice cream made it even more delicious. Thanks, Joe!
DE is a way of doing. It is a way of doing everything you do. DE simply means doing whatever you do in the easiest most relaxed way you can manage, which is also the quickest and most efficient way, as you will find as you advance in DE.
go to www.gapminder.org to use one of the bubble graph visualization tools shown in this presentation. you’ll be glad you did!
The Greywater Powers That Be (or Be Not)
Red arrows indicate referral to another node of Greywater Power.
In our effort to design one of the first Passivhaus-certified residences in the country at “JJJ Ranch,” we are taking the same approach that we integrate into all of our high-performance natural building residential projects. In accordance with this holistic systems-design approach, we would like to incorporate a greywater system for landscape irrigation, in order to decrease potable water consumption for landscaping use, to improve the landscape and onsite food production quality, and to decrease the load on the sewer system. At the outset of this research into the waste water policy of our State, we were already aware that the North Carolina 2006 Plumbing Code was the current code enacted at the state and county levels, and that this code defined greywater to be “waste water discharged from lavatories, bathtubs, showers, clothes washers and laundry sinks,” and that gray water was only to be used for flushing lavatories (not for irrigation). 2006 North Carolina Plumbing Code, Appendix C101
Our investigation into the existing code pertaining to a residential greywater system began by contacting the Buncombe County Permits and Inspection office. Our contact at this office sent us the 2009 Plumbing Code, in which there is detailed a greywater system for irrigation, much like an onsite septic field. When we inquired about the soil testing and approvals required within the code, this contact referred us to a Program Specialist at the Buncombe County Environmental Health Department, whose approval was necessary before a building permit could be approved. The Program Specialist informed us that a greywater irrigation system must be approved by the State Onsite Waste Water Department (under the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, DENR), and that OSWW would not approve such designs because waste water code does not distinguish between “black” and “grey” water—all must be hooked up to an approved septic system or field.
We then redirected our investigation to the state level and contacted the Plumbing Code Consultant under the NC Department of Insurance. This contact informed us that the design must be approved by DENR, and that they would most likely not approve it (again because Environmental codes do not distinguish between “black” and “grey” water). So, we contacted an Onsite Waste Water official under DENR. (Our email was intermediately redirected to a general Public Information Specialist at DENR, who referred us back to the Plumbing Code Consultant with whom we had spoken at the NC Department of Insurance.) The OSWW official that we had contacted informed us that we could either get approval through the OSWW Innovative & Experimental Systems Committee (under DENR) or through the Environmental Health Department, starting at the county level. The contact at I&E predicted that the design would not be approved, since the OSWW code does not recognize “grey” and “black” water separately, so we went back to the county level.
As we had already spoken to a Program Specialist at the Buncombe County Environmental Health Department, we contacted the Environmental Health Director, who after consulting with a Buncombe County Soils Specialist, informed us that the county is already approving the system described in the 2009 Plumbing Code, since any current building project would be finished after the code is to be enacted this coming summer.
About a year ago he examined how much power was required for each part of his life, and he was surprised at how big his footprint is. In this talk he examines the results and talks about the changes he’s made to reduce his impact.
Saul uploaded his Power Point slides to SlideShare.
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