For many, rebuilding as a result of the earthquakes is a daunting task. However it might not be as daunting as first imagined, thanks to the revolutionary Smarter Small Home series.
Lightweight construction principles are recommended by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, and the Smarter Smaller Home concept from James Hardie is embracing emerging knowledge when it comes to building in Canterbury, providing an affordable and better solution.
Designed with all Kiwis in mind, the Smarter Small Home not only suits urban areas but is so adaptable it can fit into any style of section. Construction principles are based on minimising on-site cutting, reducing both waste and labour costs.
One benefit of the Smarter Small Home design is the use of lightweight and durable products, offering better seismic performance when compared to traditional heavyweight construction methods and products.
Providing further peace of mind is the inclusion of products and systems with thermal and insulation properties like James Hardie’s Scyon Linea Weatherboard and Scyon Secura Interior Flooring, meaning the home is not only warm and secure but can also include fire resistant systems.
Building on the standard floor plan, designs can be tailored to suit individual needs, adding garage space, bedrooms, lounges and more, while staying within specific design parameters keeping it affordable. Combine this with hundreds of façade combinations and each home can be as unique as its owners.
Open to all builders, local Canterbury companies Fusion Homes and Carpe Diem have not only realised the benefits of the concepts but are putting them into practice, with a number of Smarter Small Home builds across the city.
With more understanding now than ever before about how house design relates to seismic performance — and about Canterbury conditions in particular, it's time to ensure you are rebuilding with modern building methods, incorporating styles and materials that will add value and improve safety.
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