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Nauhaus Prototype: Hemcrete®, Eco-Panels®, and Lightning Bug

Left to Right: Clarke Snell (Managing Director, Nauhaus Institute), Mario Machnicki (Managing Director, American Lime Technology), Ian Pritchett (Chairman and Technical Director, Lime Technology)
Left to Right: Clarke Snell (Managing Director, Nauhaus Institute), Mario Machnicki (Managing Director, American Lime Technology), Ian Pritchett (Chairman and Technical Director, Lime Technology)

There’s been a lot of the “sexier” components being put together in the Nauhaus Prototype as of late. Ian Pritchett of Lime Technology flew in from the UK to oversee the installation of the first Tradical® Hemcrete® wall on a home in the US and what he says will be the first Passive Hemcrete® home in the world. Ian and his US partner Mario Machnicki trained Asheville builder extraordinaire Matt Schillig of WNC ProBuilt in Hemcrete® installation.

Left to Right: Clarke Snell, Chris Cashman, Matt Schillig, and Elisha Brinton in front of the hours-old first Hemcrete® wall in the US.
Left to Right: Clarke Snell, Chris Cashman, Matt Schillig, and Elisha Brinton in front of the hours-old first Hemcrete® wall in the US.

At about the same time, we’ve had Mark Prudowski of Lightning Bug Electric (more info here) finishing up the electric on the prototype home. Mark and his team, including a graduate from Asheville GO (the awesome non-profit we mentioned in our previous post), fitted the home with “smurf tubing,” ideal for wiring through bio-cretes and other cellulose-based walls. The design will allow for Continue reading Nauhaus Prototype: Hemcrete®, Eco-Panels®, and Lightning Bug

Mycelium Insulation

Ecovative Design is producing SIPs panels using dehydrated mushroom roots.

We use fungal mycelium, which is basically the roots of mushrooms. The mycelium acts as a resin to bond agricultural byproducts together into a rigid material. We don’t let the mycelium grow long enough to produce mushrooms. That means you never have to worry about spores or allergens.

mycelium

Mycelium is incredible stuff. It builds topsoil. It digests petroleum. It can be used to kill termites and carpenter ants. It can be used to make fuel and cure diseases. Watch Paul Stamets’ TED presentation:

:: Ecovativedesign.com