Our HomeHuts project aims to crack a tough nut. Build anywhere, build or pack away in a day or two, keep it affordable by just about anyone, and make it a home aligned by nature being off grid and with natural materials. Small but substantial. Duncan Passmore has been working on the Shepherd’s Hut indigenous shelter with Schumacher College in Devon. It is this scale of space that we want to take through the next round of design and experimentation to make this kind of design modular and easy to move and build.
Glass South Face – the entire front face opens. Each room is glazed with operable windows for ventilation which sit over the top of trifolding doors. The back skylights and air vents are triple glazed poly carbonate and all vents are gravity operated using yatching cleats. Heavy curtains are used to reduce night time heat loss and a thermal drop down blind is used in the kitchen.
Solar Hot Water – a very large array is installed for heating water directly from the sun. This is mounted on the front of the building. The system uses black silicon tubing to carry the hotwater and a covering of glass tiles fitted to roofing bars. The result is 11m2 of roof which harvests hot water free from the sun. Key to the design is the very large domestic solar hot water tank. At 1000 litres, the tank is 5 many times bigger than a conventional tank – storing plenty of hot water during sunny days, and keeping a supply for cloudy days.
strawbale building provides beautiful affordable homes and anyone can get involved – Bee Rowan
I travelled to Ireland and stayed as a guest with Carina Mount Charles at Rock Farm Slane, on the banks of the river Boyne, where Bee Rowan was orchestrating new Strawbale building projects. We filmed Bee and her team on location harvesting straw from the fields, and putting the first of the Rock Farm straw buildings together. The film is being edited down to a 3 minute 101vision on strawbale building with Bee Rowan.