Tiny homes are gaining popularity with the current generation of house buyers, and for good reason. When constructed properly, these small homes offer the best value and most environmentally sustainable living options available. They are affordable, efficient, and when executed correctly, they are functional and comfortable too.
A Toronto architectural and product design firm – specializing in designing in traditional ways with innovative and environmentally conscious material – is building a partially prefabricated house that is so small that it may require no building permit. But the 10 square meters of floor space of the small home designed by TYYZ Architectural Design packs a punch above its weight class.
Among its impressive features is its own off-grid heating system, using a combination of evacuated tubes and movable solar panels. The simple system can be controlled manually and combined with a geothermal setup, supplying additional base heat.
The Skin is the Structure
The house’s unique construction will feature structural veneer lumber, fabricated as a “two-skin construction,” without major framing. Apart from minor separators and stabilizers between the outer and inner skin, the skin itself will serve as the home’s structure.
The veneer skin is given the strength to serve as the home’s support structure by using the patented mechanical bonding technology of GRIP Metal™. Drawing on its parent company, NUCAP Industries’, expertise in the global automotive brake industry, GRIP Metal™ has evolved one of its processes to create the strongest and most durable bonding system that provides new ways to design and engineer composite products.
GRIP Metal’s one-of-a-kind, patented stamping process applies an array of micro-formed hooks to various kinds of metal – on one or both sides – that can adhere to other materials without using traditional adhesives.
The Strength of Metal Support
In the case of TYYZ’s small prefab house, a metal substrate will use its hooks to adhere to the veneer panels, creating a structural support that is strengthened by the metal. The process of creating the prefabricated wood veneer composite panels will be much faster, easier and more cost-effective than using traditional adhesives and the ease of process will save money and time on the build providing twice the results for half the work.
Additionally, not relying on traditional adhesives also means that the prefab home will be completely free of any harmful chemical fumes or VOCs that are associated with typical adhesive products. Eliminating the need for these products means the home is healthier, safer, and recyclable. GRIP Metal™ is set on being the greenest and most environmentally-friendly option available, which is why all physical and process related waste is thoroughly and efficiently recycled.
Starting Construction Soon
This “tiny house” is currently under development, in the prototype stage and should be ready for construction in 2018. Once its prefabricated components are delivered to a building site, it could be built in only a few days.
The structure would also be ideal as an ancillary building for an existing home, so it doesn’t need its own bathroom or kitchen. Without these facilities, it could be erected without a building permit. It could serve as an additional bedroom, with Murphy bed, or a studio.
To learn more about how GRIP Metal™ can be used to create strong, flexible and realistically scalable composite materials in your construction or manufacturing project, contact us today by phone (888-682-7253), email or web form.