Thermal image of window/wall junction thermal bridge

cement verses lime

It's often said that lime mortar and render (sand and either hydraulic lime or lime putty) is lower carbon than the same made with cement, but is it really? Lime manufacture produces less carbon emissions per kilogram of material than cement, and lime has a lower...

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What makes an eco-home?

This blog explains the main points of a talk I gave recently, titled What Makes an Ecohome? as part of Bridport Transition Town’s Open Echomes events. Judging from the comments and questions afterwards, it got people thinking, and some questions got me thinking too!

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What makes a material sustainable?

Assessing the environmental impact of a building or of materials used to build it can be complex. There are different factors to consider and the ideal choice will often be the best balance between them. The effect on energy efficiency of the building must be balanced...

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New home for the Woodlouse

Welcome to the new home for the revived 'the Woodlouse' blog. It started life as an account of my strawbale selfbuild extension and retrofit. All that info is still available at http://thewoodlouse.blogspot.co.uk/ along with some general blogs about sustainability in...

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