New Home Build on 400m² site – Tangawai Street, Pegasus, Canterbury
Company: James Hardie
The Smarter Small Homes concept was launched by James Hardie in 2009. Smarter Small Homes are built using James Hardie products including panels, cladding, lining, soffits, and interior flooring. These products use an advanced lightweight cement composite that delivers heavy duty performance and has been created with New Zealand’s conditions, such as moisture, wind, temperatures, UV levels, and seismic activity, in mind.
The Pegasus site has TC2 earthquake land classification, meaning minor to moderate land damage from liquefaction is possible in future significant earthquakes. Based on the principles of the Smarter Small Home concept developed by James Hardie, this home uses lightweight, durable products that meet the home owner’s lifestyle needs, as well as new earthquake engineering requirements following the Canterbury quakes.
“James Hardie building products offer long-term durability, major cost savings in medium to long term maintenance costs, and, importantly, meet earthquake standards as a lightweight building material,” says Smarter Small Home owner and James Hardie employee, John Fitzgerald.
The build was really straight forward with the combined application of James Hardie’s HomeRAB® PreClad™ Lining, Linea® Weatherboard, Axon® Panel, Axon® Panel – Grain Texture, HardieGroove™ Soffit Lining and Secura™ Interior Flooring. Plus in a medium to high density subdivision where the houses can be cookie cutter, this contemporary home stands out from the bunch!
The fact that James Hardie products are all New Zealand made also meant no procurement delays. The Smarter Small Home took just under five months from consent to code of compliance, including an 18 week construction period.
“The Smarter Small Home design really does drive efficiencies on-site – we removed just one trailer load of waste during construction. The result is an eco-friendly, reasonably priced home designed with architectural flair.”