The importance of working from the inside to the outside
Bear in mind that you cannot ‘build your way out of bad design’ – so what materials do you need to consider at the design stage in order to build a strong, warm and healthy home? In the order of importance I encourage home-owners to work from the inside of their home out – from things you can’t see to the things you can see.
- Ensure the slab is of good quality and thermally efficient
- Ensure the structure is robust and airtight, with above standard bracing (I recommend plywood) and no thermal bridging.
- Wall construction is made of the largest timber section you can afford – in Central Otago the MINIMUM wall thickness you should build with is 140mm, 190mm is better and 300mm is best, or timber alternative – concrete or SIPS. I do not recommend steel in the Central Otago climate.