Building with Cob: A Step-by-Step Guide

Building with Cob: A Step-by-Step Guide

Paperback Sustainable Building

By (author) Adam Weismann, By (author) Katy Bryce

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  • Publisher: GREEN BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 204mm x 252mm x 20mm | 900g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Totnes
  • ISBN 10: 1903998727
  • ISBN 13: 9781903998724
  • Illustrations note: 360 photos and 65 diagrams
  • Sales rank: 31,104

Product description

The ancient method of cob building uses a simple mixture of clay sub-soil, aggregate, straw and water to create solid structural walls built without shuttering or forms, onto a stone plinth. It is now undergoing a renaissance as an 'eco-friendly' building material because of its amazing 'green' credentials. 'Building with Cob' shows how to apply this ancient technique in a wide variety of contemporary situations, covering everything from design and siting, mixing, building walls, fireplaces, ovens and floors, lime and other natural finishes, and gaining planning permission and building regulation approval. It also explains in detail how to sensitively restore an old cob structure. This book is a step-by-step guide, lavishly illustrated with over 300 colour photos and 85 diagrams.

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Author information

Adam Weismann & Katy Bryce work with lime and clay on a daily basis through their company, Clayworks. They learnt these skills through restoring ancient vernacular buildings in Cornwall, and then began to apply the traditional techniques and materials to contemporary 'eco' builds. They have a passionate belief in the power of using these natural materials to benefit the health and well being of people, buildings and the environment. Adam and Katy are the authors of Building with Cob and Using Natural Finishes for Green Books.

Review quote

"This has got to be the most practical and beautifully illustrated books on earth building ever published!" --Keith Hall, editor, "Building for a Future" magazine

Table of contents

History of Earth Building around the World Design and Siting Soils: Identifying and Testing How to Make a Cob Mix Foundations Building with Cob Roofs Insulation Natural Finishes Earthen Floors Fire and Cob Restoration Planning and Building Regulations Conclusion Resources and Suppliers