Published: 7th Jun 2019

Photo Credit – CobBauge A project to build a new generation of ‘cob’ houses, which are believed to be more energy efficient than traditional bricks and mortar buildings, will continue for four more years following €4m of funding. Cob is a mixture of earth, water and fibres like straw and hemp and has the potential to bring substantial reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and construction waste compared to conventional masonry materials, as it is made with soil sourced from the building site. Cob walls can be shaped in ways impossible to achieve with conventional materials, meaning that they are suitable for a wide range of different roofing systems and interior designs. However, traditional cob, which has been used for houses and other buildings across the south west of England and northern France for centuries, does not comply with the most up-to-date thermal building regulations. Hudson … (To read the full article, subscribe below)