Wattle and Daub

The flexibility and earthquake resistance of EARTH A traditional walling system with a history of 6000 years, wattle and daub is a composite wall building technique using tightly woven wooden sticks or split Bamboo : the wattle, coated with a clay rich subsoil mix with chopped straw, hair or Animal Dung : the daub. Many historic buildings include wattle and daub construction, and the technique is becoming popular again in moredeveloped areas as a low-impact sustainable building technique that is effective in high seismic zones.

Tadelakt

The mystery and allure of LIME There is probably no comparison to the sheer skill and patience required to create the luxurious feel of the Tadelakt. This sacred traditional practice that originates from Morocco, is passed on through word of mouth, from artisan to artisan. Tadelakt is created using limestone from the high Atlas mountains of Morocco. It has today, fascinated the imagination of modern artisans who are inspired by the fantastic walls of the Marrakesh Palaces that have remained virtually unchanged for centuries! The word ‘Tadelakt’ means ’to caress’ in Arabic.

Rammed earth

The strength and solidity of EARTH The worldwide tradition of rammed earth construction has shown that it is possible to achieve strong majestic buildings that have withstood the test of time. The grandeur of rammed earth has been expressed historically in houses, forts and palaces; even the great wall of China is largely built in earth! Rammed earth is a load bearing technique where earth is compacted in successive layers within a formwork.

Natural Plaster

The breath-ability and aesthetics of EARTH One important aspect of ecological construction is to guarantee a good ‘breathability’ of the building. The plasters being the first layer in contact with the outside and inside air, it plays an important role in the regulation of humidity, odors and temperature. Natural plasters such as earth or lime plasters have the capacity to make the wall breathable and significantly improve the quality of the inside air. Eliminating the need for a chemical paint over it, these renders can be sponge finished, smooth or trowel finished, rough or brush finished, hand finished, fibrous, plain, grainy, and together with natural colour pigments; the options are infinite!

Lime Plaster

The breath-ability and aesthetics of LIME One important aspect of ecological construction is to guarantee a good ‘breathability’ of the building. The plasters being the first layer in contact with the outside and inside air, it plays an important role in the regulation of humidity, odors and temperature. Natural plasters such as earth or lime plasters have the capacity to make the wall breathable and significantly improve the quality of the inside air. Eliminating the need for a chemical paint over it, these renders can be sponge finished, smooth or trowel finished, rough or brush finished, hand finished, fibrous, plain, grainy, and together with natural colour pigments; the options are infinite!

Earth Plaster

The breath-ability and aesthetics of EARTH One important aspect of ecological construction is to guarantee a good ‘breathability’ of the building. The plasters being the first layer in contact with the outside and inside air, it plays an important role in the regulation of humidity, odors and temperature. Natural plasters such as earth or lime plasters have the capacity to make the wall breathable and significantly improve the quality of the inside air. Eliminating the need for a chemical paint over it, these renders can be sponge finished, smooth or trowel finished, rough or brush finished, hand finished, fibrous, plain, grainy, and together with natural colour pigments; the options are infinite!

Earth and Straw

The climatic adaptability and comfort of EARTH Heiress of the wattle and daub, the straw & clay technique is spreading quickly, especially in Europe, due to its remarkable thermal property and the comfort that it can bring to our interiors. It’s main ingredient; straw, is available virtually everywhere (wheat, rice, hemp straw, etc) and when sourced locally, makes this wall filling material one of the most ecological.

Compressed earth bricks (CEB - CSEB)

The engineered modern age EARTH Compressed Stabilised Earth Blocks - The soil, raw or stabilized, is slightly moistened, poured into a steel press and then compressed either with a manual or motorized press. It seems that the first attempts at Compressed Earth Blocks (CEB) were tried in France, in the early years of the 19th century: The architect Francois Cointeraux, around 1803, precast small blocks of rammed earth. He used hand rammers to compress humid soil into small wooden moulds which were held with the feet.

Adobe

The affordability & timelessness of EARTH Earth is the oldest and has been the most essential building material over centuries. The tradition of making sun dried raw earth bricks popularly known as adobes goes back to the beginning of human society. Adobe is versatile, viable and provides great flexibility in the construction of earth buildings. These bricks are fireproof, non toxic and has an excellent thermal performance. Adobe buildings can be found across continents where it has been spontaneously and continuously adapted by people of different cultures for housing as well as monumental structures.