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The benefits of clay in modern buildings

by ROCKCOTE Natural Materials specialist, Tony Thorogood

From the ziggurats of ancient Babylon to the teahouses of 16th century Japan, clay has been used in building for centuries. As one of the most sustainable and healthy building materials on the planet, clay...

Managing moisture in buildings - naturally

by Dave Ogle

It’s hot. You’re sweating all over the place. So the most obvious thing to do is… zip yourself up in a plastic suit wearing a shower cap right? Hhhhmmm, nice. Or do you prefer fabrics that let your skin breathe, the evaporating sweat cooling you down? Why would we treat...

The 2014 Banksia Awards: ROCKCOTE's Natural Materials Range

ROCKCOTE has been announced as a finalist in the 2014 Banksia Sustainability Awards for our Natural Materials Range. This is the third in a series of blog posts that...

The 2014 Banksia Sustainability Awards: how we do “R&D” at ROCKCOTE

 

ROCKCOTE has been announced as a finalist in the 2014 Banksia Sustainability Awards for our Natural Materials Range. This is the second in a series of blog posts that reflect on our application and provide some insights into...

The 2014 Banksia Sustainability Awards: the story of ROCKCOTE’s Natural Materials Range

ROCKCOTE has been announced as a finalist in the 2014 Banksia Sustainability Awards for our Natural Materials Range. This is the first in a series of blog posts that reflect on our application...

Guest Blog Post: Consider Your Health When Building or Renovating

Elise Corcoran is a Building Biologist offering a Healthy Home Consultancy Service for clients embarking on building new or renovating.  Elise co-owns Natural Designer Homes, a Multi- Award Winning Building Company operating...

How to Choose Healthier and Environmentally-Preferable Paints

 

Guest blog post by Emma Lloyd from Good Environmental Choice Australia

Paints and coatings can have significant impacts on the environment and human health, depending on what ingredients and components they contain. Paint is made from...

The History of Tadelakt by Bob Cameron

 

Traditional polished lime plasters have been gaining much attention recently – with more people seeking a stunning seamless finish, especially for bathrooms and wet areas.

These finishes are not something new – in fact they have been around...

Once upon a time…

Once upon a time we built our homes and buildings using materials that were close at hand and with labour sourced from our local communities.

Readily available materials such earthen clay, sticks and straw combined with the construction technique called wattle and daub, created light weight walling systems that were easy to work with and provided strong, sustainable shelter.  This approach was so successful that the materials and techniques remain in construction use today and many people still live in these buildings, some of which were created thousands of years ago.  These early lightweight walling systems were used in a range of buildings, from simple housing to elaborate palaces and cathedrals.  Although the scale of the buildings differed, the basic construction techniques remained the same.

 

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