This month sees us talking to Judith Thornton from Aberystwyth University.
Judith is looking at alternative natural insulators that can be grown. She has a particular interest in how we stop biodegradable materials biodegrading.
Judith was just involved in building the world’s first miscanthus insulated house. The Miscanthus was baled up like a regular straw bale and the house was build in the same way that a regular straw bale house would be. Continue reading
In this episode of the ‘Building Sustainability’ podcast we chat with Adrian Leaman, a woodsman and roundwood timber framer.
Adrian Leaman from wholewoods.co.uk talks to us about his journey into the world of roundwood timber framing, green woodworking and building in general. We go off some wonderful tangents and hear many of Adrian’s philosophies. We end up with Adrian discussing his building gripes! Continue reading
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In this month’s ‘Building Sustainability’ podcast, we talk with Rob Hopkins. A massive thanks to Rob for being such a wonderful guest… even if Google Maps tried to sabotage our meeting by sending him on a spurious and time consuming route!
Rob Hopkins is a cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network, and the author of The Power of Just Doing Stuff, The Transition Handbook, and The Transition Companion. In 2012, he was voted one of the Independent’s top 100 environmentalists and was on Nesta and the Observer’s list of Britain’s 50 New Radicals.
This month we talk to Ben Moss from Bristol Wood Recycling Project (BWRP).
Ben set up the recycling project in 2004 with the aims of:
- Recycling timber from the waste stream,
- Promoting social inclusion,
- Being self funding
- Providing affordable timber to the community. This is an excellent project that benefits the community on many levels and gets the maximum use out of precious materials.
I’m very proud that an Earth Floor I created has just been shown on Channel 4’s: Grand Designs.
The finish was linseed oil and a final coat of beeswax to finish. This floor is waterproof and hard wearing yet it has a slight softness to it which is very satisfying to walk on.
The clay for the floor was dug on site and the sand was from within a mile away.
Many thanks to Joe from Hartwyn for his hard work helping to lay the floor before the TV deadline!
More info on earth floors can be found on www.earthfloors.co.uk