Snow, wind, altitude and shelter are all critical factors in the design of an adequate hut structure. There is data available on rainfall, wind speeds and sunshine hours as they vary across Scotland. The first and second of these combine to give a driving rain index which will affect the choice and detailing of the cladding. The amount of sunshine and the path of the sun across the sky will affect the size and positioning of windows allowing useful passive solar gain and possibly dictate summer shading.

Follow the flow chart in figure 3A accompanied by wind map figure 3B and snow map 3C  to see if your site factors are challenging enough that you need to consult a structural engineer. If your site factors do not present these challenges you can proceed to super structure and Appendices 1 and 2 to find a suitable structure without further climatic advice. 

1000 Huts is a project of the charity Reforesting Scotland, which works to restore and support sustainable communities in a well-forested land.


The content of this site is supplied as good practice guidance only. It is not an authoritative statement of the law or of the policy and practice of the planning or building standards system at the local, national, or case level. It simply sets out what our contributors believe to be good practice for hut builders in complying with the Scottish Government's new regulatory framework for huts. Anyone considering undertaking a hut development should seek their own legal, planning and building advice. 





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