Slowly slowly….

I suffered the very painful discovery that my website had perished and that all my hard work building up the content, over 6 years, was lost forever.

So this is the slow revival of

Maybe it will be even better?

Last Straw Journal – My article

I recently wrote an article for The Last Straw journal. I focussed on the methods we developed and used in our Community Rebuilds home builds.

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A major design choice is for our houses to incorporate natural materials that are compostable. We choose to build the walls of our homes with straw bales, an agricultural industry waste product that would otherwise be burned. Extra bales and waste straw are composted. The homes we build have earthen floors and the walls and ceilings are plastered with earthen plaster. We use a combination of locally sourced sand, clay and straw for all of these applications. Plaster mix that is dropped during plastering or left over at the end is either re-hydrated and used again, or simply spread in the garden to become the soil.

Read the full article here