The name Nauhaus (pronounced “now house”) is a playful nod to the Bauhaus school of design whose work to merge mass-production and art, form and function is an inspiration to us today as we grapple with our own set of challenges. The Nauhaus Institute (NHI) is a network of designers, engineers, builders, developers, artists, interns, volunteers, and other amazing humans dedicated to the creation of a model for urban sustainable living. Our concept is to merge the best of modern high tech building science with the core principles of the “natural” and “green” building movements. The resulting design approach creates a matrix of six often conflicting elements: low construction impact, resource efficiency through the life of the project, long-term durability, beauty, and affordability in a package that creates a healthy indoor environment that works in partnership with a healthy outdoor environment.
What is Open Source?
The quickest way to spread a technology is to share it, so NHI was started as a conduit to share what is being learned about practical carbon neutral building systems through the research, design, and construction of the Nauhaus prototype.