Work has been going on at Edible Futures for four weeks, with the aim of creating a well insulated diverse space to act as a centre for the farms activities. It is also important that the building sits well within and respects its rural setting. Using straw as the main wall material therefore makes alot of sense. The building is completely cement free, this means no concrete foundations and using lime between the brickwork. A gravel foundation was used instead of concrete for
We have recently completed doing part of the refurbishment of an old pub in Bristol using hemp lime as an internal breathable insulation material. 75mm of the hemp lime was tamped onto the stone walls all the way around the groun floor of the building, that has been suffering from not only heat loss but also dampness problems. With a willing team of helping hands and a barrel mixer progress was reasonably fast on the large wall sections and the mixture keyed well to the wall.