THIMBY (Tiny House in My Backyard) construction is well underway! We began our build process on May 23rd by putting together the support tray for the unit's water tanks which will be installed below the trailer deck. Since then our team has made rapid progress. We've installed PT plywood and insulation for the subfloor, assembled three of our walls, and are excited to announce that Warmboard, Inc. is now one of our project partners!
Warmboard, Inc. has donated 63 sq. ft. of Warmboard-R radiant panels to THIMBY, which will be installed in just a few weeks. We are incredibly excited to integrate these panels into our high-efficiency space and water heating system — which features a Sanden CO2 heat pump and Taco X-pump block powering the radiant floor loop.
The Warmboard-R product adheres perfectly to THIMBY's sustainable design philosophy, providing radiant heating that lowers household energy usage and accomplishes our minimal space heating needs with maximal efficiency. The system will use an electric heat pump to heat a 42 gallon storage tank of water. This single tank of heated water will then supply hot water for THIMBY's domestic water demands as well as the Warmboard heating system. A flat plate heat exchanger will be used to keep domestic water separated from the Warmboard heating system.
Warmboard Inc.'s radiant heating system is taking THIMBY's energy efficiency performance to the next level, and we can't thank them enough for their generous donation! We look forward to working with them in the coming weeks to plan and install the panels, and to showing the finished product to you all at the SMUD Tiny House Competition in October 2016. We'll be sharing more detailed information about how Warmboard-R works in THIMBY once the panels are in place — but in the meantime, we encourage you to check out Warmboard, Inc. on their website. To keep receiving updates on the THIMBY construction process or donate to the project, please visit here. We're really excited to bring together so many of the best ideas in tiny, simple living alongside off-grid energy and water systems with this project!
Gallery images courtesy of Warmboard, Inc.