Building With Mud

Some might argue that earth building is a thing of the past, but the Clayfest festival in Wexford demonstrated how it continues to be relevant today.

The reason building with mud is becoming increasingly popular is that it’s relatively cheap, albeit labour intensive, and it’s an eco-alternative to manufactured synthetic insulation materials and concrete.

While it might seem that solid earth walls (mud mixed with straw) cannot provide much insulation, the thermal mass of such construction can keep a house warm. Earth walls also have additional health benefits by managing moisture, lowering humidity and creating a pleasant atmosphere.

Tom Woolley

Written by Tom Woolley

Tom is an architect specialised in the renovation of old buildings and is the author of many sustainable design publications. / ROI tel. 044 83 09 88

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