The team from Webster Survey Group arrived on site, measuring up the property boundaries and the specifics for the concrete slab.
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Today marks a major milestone in the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project: the reception of the signed and approved Architectural Plans from the building surveyor. This exciting events propels the 5×4 Project onward into the building phase – FULL STEAM AHEAD!
Coming up next= Demolition of the shed and the existing concrete and laying the groundworks for the Geothermal Heating.
“The 5×4 Hayes Lane build aims to combine different materials and processes to create the smallest eco-footprint, whilst providing the highest performance.”
In addition we are carefully selecting the most sustainable and environmentally friendly amenities and appliances as possible for the build.
Click on the image below to have a look at some of our ideas for the build and feel free to suggest other possibilities.
How is the Project schedule traveling?
“Well, I think we are in good shape. The previous schedule would have us close to completion at this point. I thought I would get that out of the way early…
We are currently in the final stages of specifications. (more…)
Click on the image below to open the full draft plans.
We’ve drafted a timeline for the project, which you can view below. We are close to finalising the structure of the build and should be ready to apply for our building permit in June, 2013. If all goes according to plan, construction will commence early August, 2013.
Click on the image below to view the full Project Timeline:
Here’s a sneak preview of the 5×4 Hayes Lane building will come together… proposed by ARKit.
Images by ARKit.
Today we had a meeting with Craig Chatman (ARKit). At this point we are close to finalising the structure of the build.
Points of discussion included:
– Sewage/ plumbing issues
– Transporting the build
– Material analysis
The following were discussed during the material analysis:
– Walls –wall lining options (e.g. plywood, bamboo, cork)
– Flooring systems –floor structure options
– Internals & finishings –e.g. bamboo, plastic, paperock compressed paper.
– Kitchen appliances –fridge, dishwashers, oven, etc.
– Bathroom finishes
After considering all the possible materials, final decisions are yet to be made. With the help of our other team members, Tai Hollingsbee and Dr Robert Crawford, we’ll be able to compare the embodied energy of each product and choose the most eco-friendly one.
The performance of our building should be finalised by the end of this month in which we will have a clear idea of the materials and appliances that will be used in the building.
At this rate, we hope to begin construction August 2013. Stay tuned for future updates!
On March 7th, 2013, the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project Team had a design and development meeting at GHD. Attendees included Craig Chatman from ARKit, Tai Hollingsbee and Chris King from GHD, and Ralph Alphonso from Barley Store. The main purpose of this meeting was to discuss the best combination of systems and construction materials to be used that would achieve the smallest ecological footprint possible.
Points of discussions were:
– the insulation system
– solar panels
– water/ irrigation system
– wood as construction material
Some of the possible technologies considered included:
– phase-change material (PCM) for heating
– rainwater collection as an eco-friendly water source
– hot water ring
– fake grass (e.g. summer envy)
Overall, various materials and systems were brought to the table. The meeting saw even more opportunities for a sustainable build and the designs were further developed.
There are still various issues to be considered before making final decisions about the materials and technologies including:
– impact on infrastructure
– embodied energy
We will resolve these issues in future meetings.
(To see the sketches that were drafted at the meeting, click on the image below)