Our Healthy Hut was featured in the Sunday Times and on Stuff in the weekend click here to read the article. Georgia Easter was a pleasure to work with and we definitely share her values around non toxic material use. We hope to include of the Hurley Huts in the upcoming Superhome Tour. Watch this space for further updates.
As we kick in to a new year we have started taking a close look at who is visiting us here on the Black Hut website. One thing that stands out is the google searches being associated to Black Hut Designs one in particular is ‘Kit Set Homes’. As much as we believe that panelisation is the future for construction and we would love to offer kit set options, it is not a space we are currently involved in. Black Hut are designers who offer plans, we are happy to recommend builders for your project as we know a few who love building Huts! We will always keep you updated in our progress in this space as it is something we would love to offer at some stage.
On a lighter note! One of Black Hut’s projects mentioned in a previous post is approaching the finish line! The Healthy Huts in Christchurch have been documented through their journey by the team at IC Builders. Click the name to go to their Facebook page and check out the progress updates.
Take a look at a few shots taken this morning of the stunning charred Siberian Larch by Chartek and crisp white paneling interior walls. The ceiling are lined with Strandboard oiled black which gives a textured effect when hit with light. Interior paints and oils supplied by The Natural Paint Company. The combination of skylights and vaulted ceilings give an immense feeling of space in these 70m2 homes. Lighting is simply an LED strip down the ridge giving an overall clean finish to the ceiling. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks as we post more about the materials and finishes as the vision comes to life!
If you would like to learn more about the Healthy Huts please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
We are thrilled the Parklands House has been recognised in the recent ADNZ design awards, achieving Highly Commended in the Residential Interiors Award Category. Many thanks to everyone who worked on this project with us. Special thanks to Phil Paterson and Tom Stanley from Powell Fenwick Consulting Engineers and our builder Simon Wansborough from Third Little Pig.
The Parklands house homestar built rating of 8 has officially been approved. Thank you to Julie Villard from Eco Advisor for acting as our assessor and the Christchurch City Council for supporting the Superhome participants to achieve a green star rating.
We have achieved this without any real planning around the green star framework. How high do you think you could go if you consider the greenstar framework in your initial brief to your designer?
Work on the Hurley Street Huts is progressing - bad weather in June has slowed things down but because we have a very simple foundation solution we are still progressing nicely. The construction method on Hurley is different to anything we have used before and it's fantastic to have consultants committed to spending money on quality buildings above ground by creating innovative solutions below ground. Below some pics of progress and a blurb from our structural engineer.
Thank you to everyone who visited us during the Superhome Tour 2018. We enjoyed the conversations and knowledge sharing and appreciated your enthusiasm and positivity! A special thanks to our fabulous students from ARA.
ABOUT THE MOVEMENT
Better houses, for our people, our environment, and our future
The Superhome Movement is a non-profit, industry-led group focused on creating transformative change in the New Zealand building industry. The goal of the movment is to raise standards so that all new homes are healthier and more energy efficient, while also promoting environmental, economic, and socially sustainable practices.
We have a number of key activities centred around education, supporting ethical and sustainable business practices, and lobbying to support change in the New Zealand building industry.
The movement provides open source sharing of new design ideas, technologies, and building techniques, connecting designers, builders, industry, researchers, education providers, government, stakeholders, and leading experts to achieve collaboration toward higher building standards for all New Zealand homes.
- sourced from www.superhome.co.nz
The construction of three healthy huts on Hurley Street in the Avon Loop is underway this week. Below a photo of the bare site and an image of the finished development.
Our first Hokonui Hut is under construction starting to take shape with the framing up. Watch this space to see how it develops!
Rob and Angela McKeen are building a smaller version of our Hokonui Rut on their rural property close to Alexandra. The climate is beautiful but harsh. Tough on their goats and and hard to keep warm. Performance was a key driver for their new home. We have partnered with Theca Group to panelise the house and send it down to Alexandra on trucks. The panels are built to passive haus standards and coupled with PVC windows and Maxraft insulated slab system this will provide Rob and Angela with a very air tight highly insulated building envelope. Below photos of the progress so far. Site cleared and ready to go. By the look of that snow high performance building envelope was a great idea. I visited Glenn Murdoch at his temporary factory where they were making panels. The panels have plywood on the outside face and Intello wrap http://proclima.co.nz on the inside. Insulation is then blown into the panel to ensure it’s fully insulated. The panels arrived safely on site. The panels are erected in a sequence predetermined in the factory. One of the Thecapanel staff stayed on site to ensure the panels were erected without problems. It will be interesting to see how long it takes to assemble all the panels.
The matai flooring is now largely complete. It smells so good and looks fantastic. Although not a cheap option it is definitely what we want to live with. Two of our family have allergies so carpet it not a great option for us and it is simply beautiful. The next step is to protect the floor with cardboard. To buy cardboards rolls would cost us $50/roll and that covered less than half the living area. Our builder Simon from Third Little Pig suggested trying to get hold of some large boxes. A quick call to Harvey Norman Moorhouse Ave sourced some boxes for us. I have never been a fan of very large TV’s or fridges but I now see their value… The boxes are huge! One trip to the warehouse skip covered the rest of the floor for free. For those trying to find cheaper options, a little bit of lateral thinking and hard work can go a long way. It was also fun, I was amazed at how willing people were to help. I even scored a pineapple lump!
With the cladding complete we took at trip to Motueka last week whilst up in Nelson to visit Duncan at Natural House Eco .
I originally wanted to oil the house with used car oil but Troy loves our Totara so much that he just couldn’t do it. Natural House Eco’s products are all natural and made from plants and even better Duncan can tell you all about what is in them because he make them himself. Also having 20 years experience with timber means that he can tell us exactly how to use his products on our Totara cladding and the Matai floors. In our world where their is such a disconnect between what we use and where it comes from it was a really fantastic experience. The first of the matai flooring went down yesterday so in two weeks we will have the floor oiled and house will be ready to fit out.
I took some photos today of the loft upstairs. The website plans show this space as Bedroom 4. With just the flooring to go and the plywood joinery providing a barrier to the living area it feels very close to complete. Interestingly with the extra insulation the Magroc ceiling provide R7.4 rather than the building code R3.6 the space doesn’t feel oppressively hot now that the warmer weather is here.
The cladding on the Green Hut should be completed this week. Both the gable ends now have totara and it really does feel like the building is finally getting dressed. The white magroc panels will be soon gone forever.
More excitement at the Green Hut. The house was ‘gibbed’ in the weekend and now we can see the size of all the rooms. It never ceases to amaze me the transformation from framing everything looks big, to lined everything looks small and dark and then when painted the size changes again and it looks so much lighter again. I originally wanted to use plywood for the internal linings in the house but for cost reasons we changed it to plasterboard. It turns out looking at the Red List plasterboard is chemical free and we could bury the offcuts in garden if we wished. Plywood on the other hand is three times the price of plasterboard, more expensive to put up – four time the price and it also includes added Formaldehyde. What I don’t understand if they can produce plywood without formaldehyde why they just don’t change their process to take it out altogether. It seems in New Zealand we have a culture of “it’s always been that way so what is the problem”. Perhaps these chemicals in our building materials contribute to why we have one of the highest rates of child asthma in the world? I know it’s cheaper to continue doing things the way we always have but what value do we place on our health?
The cladding is also coming along. I have sourced a natural oil to put on the cladding Natural House Eco . Duncan has been great to deal with – not only can he tell me all about his products and how to apply them to my lovely timber but I also love the fact on their information sheet all the ingredients in their products are listed.
Finally the internal scaffolding is down. With this gone we can finally get a sense of the space in the living area. It’s quite strange not being able to walk end to end like you could when the scaffolding was there but there is so much more light in the space now.
An exciting day today at the Green Hut in Parklands. The first of the totara boards are up. These have been sourced from the West Coast. There has been something really nice about dealing directly with the person who has milled the trees (Dave Hindman from Sawmill Direct) He can tell me exactly where these trees have come from, I visited where they were machined and now they are being put on my house. We know the whole story.
Since my last post a month ago we have been busy with things that need to be done but don’t feel that exciting. We have navigated a building consent amendment; incidentally we could have purchased a small second hand car instead….. but needs must. Prewire and pre plumb are complete, drains are in, the holes for the heat recovery system have been drilled, exterior cladding battens are on, the totara cladding is dried, machined and delivered. Most importantly the upper floor ceiling and walls have been stopped and painted allowing the mid floor scaffolding to come down later this week. The electrician is mounting the light upstairs today and Thursday the scaffolding will be down. This will give us the first real indication of the volume and light in the house. The thick magroc roof looks amazing now the ceiling has been painted particularly around the skylights. Below photos of the upper area. The next photo of this area uploaded on Thursday will be without the scaffolding which is in the foreground. Now that will be exciting.
With the scaffolding down, all the PV’s in and the glazing complete we now have the opportunity to track how warm the house will be in the winter. This morning it was -1 outside and inside the house it was 12 degrees. It had been left open last night until about 6pm and that point it was 14 degrees and still about 14 degrees outside. Next Monday morning it is supposed to be -6 degrees so it will be very interesting. Below a photo of the house with the scaffolding down and the PV’s sparkling in the sunshine. It is sad not being able to walk so close to the PV’s and rest of the roof, the view up there was amazing but my wallet is much relieved to see it come down.
Simon from Proclima came out to the Parklands House today and tested the airtightness of the house. The test calculates the air leakage when the house is pressurised and depressurised. The house achieved an average result of 0.8 air changes per hour. This is very close to Passive House standard. Congratulations to the team at Third Little Pig for achieving a building envelope that performs so well particularly that tricky roof. This result is particularly surprising given we still have aluminium windows. The team at Raylight have worked hard to put in good seals and reduce the air leakage where possible. We have also use Proclima tape on the back of the windows at the corners to seal help reduce the leakage at the joins and also where the aluminium extrusion screws to the magroc. The magroc panels joins have all been taped on the outside again using Proclima tape. Below the blower test result and some photos of Simon talking to the group today. Blower Door Test 20 Lamorna Rd. In the background you can see the red canvas over the external door opening this houses the fan and electronics that does all the work.