We believe at FMA that human health must come first. This doesn’t mean we don’t believe in energy efficiency; but first and foremost we should be able to trust the air we breathe in our homes. Increasingly our population are suffering acute allergies and respiratory issues. We believe material choices have a great deal to do with this.
The Hurley Huts are where possible free of chemicals and could be composted.
Our journey started with our clients’ desire to live in a tiny house as her first home. Developed as our ‘healthy hut’ this design is our version of the traditional workers hut dotted throughout the heritage areas of Christchurch. The compact Heathy Hut enables expensive land costs to be shared creating a compact first home buyer option for two of the three units built.
The design includes a loft bedroom and multi purpose space doubling as a second bedroom. The laundry is incorporated into the bathroom area under the stairs. Combining spaces and excluding car parking on site has created a compact 49m2 footprint with a high level of amenity; the property feels much larger than it is.
Constructed using portal frames for earthquake resilience with adjustable brackets connected to concrete footings the TC3 foundation design was simple and avoided ground improvement.
The 140mm timber framed wall construction is breathable with dwangs turned on edge to provide continuous wool insulation between studs.
The skillion roof construction has a double layer of woollen batts with additional insulation in the ceiling batten zone; thus keeping thermal bridging to a minimum.
The size and breathable nature of the building results in very little heating required when occupied; heating is delivered using two small mobile 1kw heaters. The timber linings absorb moisture reducing heating demand and surprisingly absorb noise as well.