Earthen floors articles

Nov
6
2019
Ziggy Liloia

The differences between insulation and thermal mass

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As the winter months approach here in the UK, natural builder Ziggy Liloia of The Year of Mud goes back to basics to explore the differences between insulation and thermal mass, and why they matter. Read more …

Apr
4
2019
Joe Duirwyn

Hartwyn free natural building course: 2019 applications now open

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We hear from Joe Duirwyn of Hartwyn about a fantastic free natural building learning opportunity running from June to September 2019.

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Feb
22
2019
Rowland Keable

Interested in earth building? Come to EBUKI’s mini Clayfest 2019 in Wales!

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Rowland Keable of Earth Building UK and Ireland shares news of a mini but mighty Clayfest 2019 with the theme of building confidence in clay.

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Jan
31
2019
Sigi Koko

How to make natural non-toxic paint from clay

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Natural builder Sigi Koko shares her tried and tested method of making natural non-toxic paint from clay.

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Jan
8
2019
Sigi Koko

How to build an adobe earthen floor with Sigi Koko (Part 4)

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Natural builder Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design shares how to build an adobe floor. In Part 4, we learn how to perfect the final finishing layer.

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Dec
27
2018
Sigi Koko

How to build an adobe earthen floor with Sigi Koko (Part 3)

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Sigi Koko teaches us the different approaches to the levelling layer in Part 3 of how to build an adobe earthen floor. Read more …

Dec
20
2018
Sigi Koko

How to build an adobe earthen floor with Sigi Koko (Part 2)

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In Part 2 of how to build an adobe earthen floor, Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design tackles the all important base layer. Read more …

Dec
18
2018
Sigi Koko

How to build an adobe earthen floor with Sigi Koko (Part 1)

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Natural builder Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design shares how to build an adobe floor. In Part 1, we learn about the substrate through to the insulation layer critical for any earthen floor. Read more …

Jun
28
2018
Rowland Keable

Calling all earth-building enthusiasts – come and join Clayfest 2018!

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With nine different earth building techniques covered and a whole host of activity planned, this is the place to be for anyone interested in building with earth. Rowland Keable at EBUKI tells us more. Read more …

Jun
5
2018
Rowland Keable

A south-facing, rammed earth, straw-bale-insulated house doesn’t need heating; why aren’t all new houses built this way?

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Rowland ran rammed earth building courses with us for years. He said then that a C-shaped, rammed earth house with straw-bales for external insulation, and as much glass on the south side and as little glass on the north side as possible, wouldn’t need any heating. We wanted to catch up with him to learn more about this, and why we’re not doing more of it. Read more …

May
6
2018
Joe Duirwyn

Free natural building internship on offer from Hartwyn this summer

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Natural building company Hartwyn are pleased to announce their summer 2018 free natural building internship programme is now open to applications. It’s over to Joe Duirwyn from here to tell us more. Read more …

Mar
25
2018
Ziggy Liloia

How to make a Japanese plaster hawk for clay plastering

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Inspired by the magic of traditional Japanese clay plastering, USA-based natural builder Ziggy Liloia of The Year of Mud shares his step-by-step guide to making a Japanese plaster hawk. Read more …

Apr
18
2017
Rowland Keable

Clayfest, June 12-17: let’s build more homes with earth rather than bricks and cement

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The renaissance of earth building in the UK reflects not only the beauty and utility of the material but also the pressures of rising building costs and the need for lower energy use and waste in building products. Read more …

Feb
10
2016
Barbara Jones

Why cement should never be used with natural buildings

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I am often asked to help with other people’s designs, but one of my principles is never to design with cement. Not everyone knows this about me, and I was recently asked what my general experience was with stem walls made of concrete Read more …

Jan
8
2015
Rowland Keable

Earth Building UK are looking for two new directors – can you help?

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Earth Building UK is a registered charity involved in a wide range of activities to do with all aspects of earth building. We don’t know exactly how many earth buildings there are in the UK – many thousands certainly, and built using a wide range of techniques. Read more …

Jan
17
2014
Rowland Keable

Why ‘rammed earth’ doesn’t contain cement

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Earth building, including rammed earth building, produces very low carbon emissions. However, there is a confusion between rammed earth – a mix of clay, sand and stones – and dry-pack concrete, too often called ‘stabilised rammed earth’. Read more …

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