Educational Sustainability Showcase
The Team: Graduate Students from ASU
Jared Stoltzfus - PhD Candidate, School of Sustainability. Not a recipient of CAAF grant funds.
Sigma Dollins - Dual master's degrees in Sustainability and Urban Planning
Keith Gulley - master's in Engineering
Kayce Flowers - Graduate student
Will Hsu - Graduate student
The Donors! (THANK YOU!!!)
Sun Valley Solar Solutions
GISER : Graduates in Integrative Society & Environmental Research
Sustainability Science for Sustainable Schools (Sustainableschools.asu.edu)
Countless Private donors through Kickstarter!
Maushaus was designed as an educational, sustainability showcase. A variety of features highlight energy and water efficiency, minimal ecological footprint, and features that can be integrated into any size home. Maushaus sits on an 8X16 dual-axle trailer, and was designed to comply with ADOT regulations, so it would be street legal. It makes a great backyard guest house, home office, or temporary housing for your recent college graduate that wants to move home. Being on wheels makes it similar to an RV, so city zoning won’t be an issue. (Check with your HOA though!). With its own power supply and water reservoir, Maushaus is ready for off-grid living, even if it’s in your own backyard.
In addition to creating a habitable tinyhouse with an equally tiny ecological footprint, Maushaus was created to provide a tangible example of sustainability concepts. Built from Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), Maushaus is incredibly energy efficient. A window AC unit brought inside temperatures down to the mid-60's, even on 110-degree summer days! Solar panels and golf cart batteries convert sunshine into power when you need it. Shower and sink water is captured for irrigation of flowerbeds or gardens, and the on-demand water heater uses a fraction of the energy required by normal systems. The composting toilet not only saves an incredible amount of water, the urine and compost can be used to irrigate and fertilize trees. Many of the supplies used (including the SIPs) were obtained from second-hand sources, or in one case diverted from the landfill after a "Green Building" Expo! Many of the furnishings follow sustainability themes; from the drinking glasses made from wine bottles, to the toilet paper made from100% post-consumer recycled content.
Maushaus has been "virtually" toured by students from all over Arizona through a partnership with the Maricopa County Educational Services Agency that allows me to video conference with classrooms, answer questions, and encourage more students to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) educations. Maushaus has also appeared at public events and area schools, much to the delight of the students.
When not in use for education, Maushaus is available for overnight visitors through AirBnB.com, a website that makes it possible for anyone to run a "Bed and Breakfast" with their spare rooms. With a queen bed in the loft, and a convertible sofa, 2 adults and a child (or two) will sleep comfortably. Maushaus was late arriving to Microdwelling 2015 because of Super Bowl guests renting it for that weekend!
160 square feet of living space
Planning, Design, and Construction in less than 100 days (1 semester project!)
15 build days (~600 man hours)
5 Solar panels
4 batteries for fully off-grid living
1 Composting toilet
$15,000 Total cost of materials
$30,000 sale price. Maushaus was available for purchase during Microdwelling 2015.