Over the past few years several designs approaches and building techniques have emerged in the tiny house and small house world including the flat pack house, the digitally printed house, and the single tool tiny house. It seems as if only the SIP house has gained any market share or popularity amongst builders. That may be until now.
The Brikawood method consists of 4 wooden elements, two lateral flanges and two transverse spacers (spacers), machined in “dovetail” which are assembled together, by interlocking, thus giving a mechanical rigidity to the assembly. The brick itself is intended to be used alone – without cladding, rain cover or vapor barrier – with only a special check valve specific to Brikawood, that ensures performance and waterproofing.
It’s an innovative process really. A wood brick that is assembled without nails and screws. In fact, it isn’t far off in priciple from a mortise and tenon joint construct.
Designed and built by the French company Catharhome, the Brikawood is also a more passive way of constructing a house. With it’s lego like method, Brikawood provided reinforced insulation (filtered wood chips from the milling process), strong window frames with double or triple glazing, natural insulation with heat recovering, an airtight seal, and construction without thermal bridging. Perhaps the best part though is that Brikawood sells four essentially DIY kits: the Jill at 1291 sq.ft., the Jade at 1076 sq.ft., the Jude at 914 sq.ft., and the Josy at 645 sq.ft. For those who want to build tiny though, Brikawood offers the Studio Kit, which is just 215 sq.ft.
Made of Douglas Fir with the same nail-less, glue-less, system it’s larger siblings are, the studio kit is a livable structure perfect for a studio, RDU, or tiny house!
The company is a bit avant-garde, that has created a patented product that meats the standards of both today and tomorrow, using optimized materials, thereby reducing waste and preserving the environment. They make a very cool house too!