The Holistic System
At H+ME Technology we build homes with an entirely holistic approach. What does that mean?
We consider, literally, everything. Not just as a compilation of individual and minuscule details. But, instead, how each of those details, and their overarching systems, work together to complete a highly functioning household. And we do it long before construction starts.
“How all the systems work – and work together – are taken into account at the very beginning of the design,” says Tad Putyra, the founder of H+ME Technology. “This leads to a better build every step of the way, more efficiencies and an assurance that other trades (electrics, plumbing, HVAC) achieve similar excellence.”
Design, to the layperson, is restricted to what can be seen of the building, inside and out. But true building science goes considerably deeper. It’s a system of systems, where everything is interconnected, like an incredibly sophisticated puzzle. If it doesn’t fit, there’s an unforeseen – and undesirable – consequence.
What are these systems? Start with the enclosure of the building – also known as the “envelope” – whose primary function is to provide a shelter and protection from external elements: the basement floor, walls and roof. Once we establish the proper envelope, we pinpoint the details of systems like electrical, mechanical, plumbing and the finishing elements of the house.
Then we break everything into individual assemblies and ensure, through rigorous virtual testing, that there are proper symbiotic relationships throughout. Everything has to fit and work together.
With 3D modelling, we can create different scenarios and equations. These are capable of moving a single piece of the puzzle so we can see how this might affect everything else. Or we can and uncover a solution that would affect the rest of the building in the most positive way. Lack of proper performance of the basement’s concrete slab, for instance, could impact the bedrooms two floors above because moisture is not properly contained and measured.
“When you have this approach to your product, then you challenge yourself and challenge existing systems,” says Tad. “Quite often, our extensive testing reveals that there’s no real reason for certain solutions.”
Another very important element of the puzzle for us: people. We never lose sight of the fact that human beings spend 90% of their time indoors, whether in a house or workplace. How will they react to humidity and temperature? How they will be able to maintain this building? How will this building affect their mood and health? And, again, we continually look at how to improve.
Holistic thinking also requires a very wide horizon.
“We network with experts from all over the world – some of our relationships go back 30 years,” says Tad. “You need these contacts when you’re seeking innovative methods and best practices.”
So our quest knows no bounds.
After all, we believe a home is not a collection of sub-systems that somehow strive to work under one roof. Quite the opposite. The optimum home thrives as a holistic entity, a team of systems with a single objective: creating a sustainable living experience that’s more fulfilling than anything we have previously known.