Q: How easy is it to assemble NOMAD?
A: NOMADs have been engineered for ease-of-assembly that should be performed by at least two people with the technical knowledge and skills of a “handyman” defined as follows: A person skilled at a wide range of repairs, typically around the home. These tasks include trade skills, building of small structures, repair and maintenance work, both interior and exterior.
Q: What skilled trades are required to assemble a NOMAD?
A: NOMAD Live contains a full kitchen and bathroom and requires a plumber and electrician to connect services to the fixtures. Depending on your skill set, a contractor may be required to install the foundation and roofing if you’re wanting a guarantee.
Q: What kind of foundation does NOMAD require?
A1: For ease-of-construction and mobility, NOMAD is designed to rest on two beams supported by either cast-in-place concrete piers, or “screw piles” (metal piles screwed into the ground by machine ie: www.technometalpost.com). These systems minimize disturbance to the environment and can be easily removed if necessary. Conventional foundation systems can also be used such as concrete walls, concrete slabs, stone, and treated timbers. Note that even though NOMADs weigh much less than a conventional homes, the approving authorities may still require a conventional concrete foundation and possibly certification by a state, or province-licensed structural engineer.
Q: What items are not included with the NOMAD Cube and Micro?
A: Interior wall finishes, shower door, and ladder/stairs are excluded from NOMAD’s pricing. Larger appliances, such as the fridge, range, and hood vent are also excluded, as they are dictated by customer preference and the type of power available (electricity, natural gas, propane). Purchasing these larger items locally also reduce shipping costs that would normally be added to NOMAD’s pricing.
Q: Are larger floor plans possible using NOMADs?
A: The NOMAD Cube is designed to be modular allowing more than one unit to be connected together. A variety of layout combinations are possible when adding multiple Cubes using NOMAD Connect and adding, or deleting kitchen and bathroom modules.
Q: What kinds of services do I need to connect to NOMAD?
A1: NOMAD’s flush toilet, shower, and sinks can be connected to municipal services, an adjacent dwelling, septic field, or NOMAD Treatment for off-grid applications (pricing and specifications can be found on the Add-Ons page and clicking on the appropriate icon). NOMAD Treatment is government-approved in many locations within Canada and the US and allows drainage grey and black water to drain directly into a sandpit or natural watercourse.
A2: Electrical fixtures for heating, on-demand hot water, and stoves require connection to grid power or an existing service located on the property. LED lights, plugs, and fridge can be powered by one of the following three solar add-ons: NOMAD Grid Tie, NOMAD back Up, or NOMAD Off Grid (pricing and specifications can be found on the Add-Ons page and clicking on the appropriate icon).
Q: What permits do I need before installing NOMAD?
A: NOMAD’s design and components conform to both Canadian and US building codes for single-family residential structures. However, each country, city, province, state, and town can have their own code interpretations, specific bylaws, or zoning regulations relating to density, floor area, height, siting, maximum number of structures, etc. Therefore, acceptance by local authorities should be confirmed by the purchaser in advance. Upon submitting a deposit, NOMAD can provide drawings for permit applications.
Q: How is NOMAD Shipped?
A1: NOMAD components are shipped in box vans, flat-bed trucks, or shipping containers, depending on the distance they are traveling, the number of units being shipped, and what methods are available to unload at the destination. When shipping over land, components can be packed in a box van and unloaded by hand, or palletized on a flat-bed truck and off-loaded by forklift, or truck-mounted crane. Purchasers can also pick up components themselves from our warehouse using rental truck to save shipping costs. When shipping over seas, components will be packed into an ocean-going shipping container.
A2: NOMAD can arrange shipping to most locations worldwide and the cost is added to the purchase price. Border tariffs, duties, fees, and taxes may be applicable when crossing borders, however, NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) ensures that there are no tariffs, or duties when traveling between Canada, USA, and Mexico. For the purposes of estimating shipping costs, the NOMAD Cube weighs approximately 5000 lbs.
Q: Can NOMAD be disassembled if required?
A: Yes. Each of NOMAD’s components can be unscrewed, stacked, moved, and then re-assembled.
Q: Has NOMAD’s structure been engineered for earthquake, wind and snow loads?
A: Yes. NOMAD’s structure has been reviewed and endorsed by a registered structural engineer practicing in the province of British Columbia, Canada. However, soils, wind, earthquake, and snow loads differ in each location and the approving authorities in your area may ask for an independent review by a locally-certified engineer.
Q: How is NOMAD’s plumbing installed?
A1: When installing NOMADs on a concrete slab, drain and water lines should be installed prior to pouring concrete by a certified plumber.
A2: When using a post and beam foundation, drains, traps, and water lines should be installed under the ground with vertical connections aligned with the holes provided in NOMAD’s floor structure. Underground plumbing should be installed after concrete footings and piers are installed. Dimensioned drawings for exact fixture connections are available.
Q: How are NOMAD’s electrical services installed?
A1: Connections to NOMAD’s electrical fixtures should be installed by a certified electrician.
A2: When NOMADs are connected to the grid, the main service line should be installed underground by a certified electrician prior to assembly. If electrical services are not available, lights, plugs, and fridge can be powered by one of the following three NOMAD solar add-ons: NOMAD Grid Tie, NOMAD back Up, or NOMAD Off Grid (pricing and specifications can be found on the Add-Ons page and clicking on the appropriate icon).
A3: Upon completing the assembly of NOMAD’s structure, an electrical panel can be installed and wire can be distributed within interior wall furring, or on the exterior wall face via protective conduit. Fixtures, switching, and receptacle locations are located on NOMAD’s permit plans.
A4: NOMAD’s bathroom light is controlled by a wireless switch with a remote control (included), which can be hand-held, or installed on an interior wall of choice.
Q: What heats NOMAD’s water for sinks and showers?
A: Hot water can be supplied directly from an adjacent dwelling via an underground insulated pipe, or a tankless on-demand water heater installed by your plumber, or electrician. On-demand systems are compact and can run on electricity, natural gas, or propane.
Q: How does NOMAD’s shower work?
A1: The NOMAD Cube includes a conventional 30″ x 30″ shower base and controls for a separate shower stall.
A2: The NOMAD Micro bathroom is designed as a wet room that can be used as a shower. The bathroom faucet pulls out (similar to a kitchen pull-out sprayer) and connects to a wall bracket for showering. A curtain keeps the toilet area dry and water temperature is controlled by the faucet lever.
Q: Which appliances can be used with NOMAD?
A1: Kitchen cabinets in the NOMAD Cube accommodate a full-height 24″-wide fridge, stove, and hood vent.
A2: Kitchen cabinets in the NOMAD Micro accommodate a standard 24″-wide under-counter fridge, 2-burner cooktop, and 24″-wide range hood.
Q: How is NOMAD’s air quality regulated?
A1: The NOMAD Cube and Micro are equipped with manually controlled exhaust fans that draw from both the bathroom and the kitchen. Opening windows on the main and upper floor also provide passive ventilation and cooling through natural convection.
A2: The NOMAD Micro includes a fresh-air vent in the exterior wall under the kitchen counter that supplies the home with tempered fresh air as it travels over the heated coils on the back of the fridge.
Q: How are NOMADs heated, or cooled?
A1: An electric baseboard heater is the most cost effective heating system. However, other systems can be installed, such as in-floor radiant heat, wood burning stove, or an oil/gas-fired space heater.
A2: The most efficient and economic way to provide cooling is to install a ductless mini split air conditioner. These units are economical, widely available in most larger hardware stores, and don’t take up window area.
Q: How much insulation do NOMADs have?
A1: NOMAD’s floor, walls and ceilings contain a similar amount of insulation to a conventional home. R-Values (resistance to heat flow) for walls are R24 and R32 for floors and roof. NOMAD’s structure can be made air-tight using the specified caulking between panels and spray foam at wall/roof junctions.
A2: NOMAD’s frameless structure provides a continuous layer of insulation for superior energy-conserving performance. Aluminum channels that connect floors, walls, and roof contain a specialized thermal break to eliminate thermal bridging between exterior and interior.
A3: Additional insulation can be added to the exterior face of NOMAD’s floor and roof structure for extreme climate conditions.
Q: What type of windows do NOMADs have?
A: NOMAD’s windows are vinyl-framed and include argon-filled double panes with low-e glass for superior thermal performance.
Q: Is NOMAD subject to termite infestations?
A: NOMADs are constructed of insulated metal panels that are termite resistant.
Q: Do NOMADs have a smoke detector?
A: A hard-wired smoke/CO2 detector is included and should be installed by a certified electrician.
Q: How fire resistant is NOMAD’s structure?
A: NOMAD’s structure is made of insulated steel panels that exceeded industry standards when tested for flame-spread and smoke-development in accordance with the UL Standard “Fire Test of Interior Finish Material”. It is also important to note that NOMAD’s solid-core construction eliminates the “chimney effect” that causes fires to spread quickly through conventional wood-framed walls.
Q: Where can I store clothes, shoes, and other things I need?
A1: The NOMAD Cube includes an alcove beside the kitchen that can accommodate storage and coats. Clothes and other items can be stored in the Cube’s 92-square-foot loft.
A2: The NOMAD Micro includes a built-in closet in the loft.
A3: Additional storage can be provided using dual-purpose furniture, such as beds, couches, and coffee tables. Wall-mounted storage units located in the vaulted living room area can also extend to the upper loft if necessary. Ask us about our selection of specialized furniture sized to fit NOMADs.
A4: NOMAD Space can be added to NOMAD Live, providing an entire room for additional storage.
A5: Exterior secured storage is available using the secured metal storage unit shown on the Add-Ons web page.