Feat of clay

Charles Hippisley-Cox

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Abstract

The article is based on the study of clay and soil mortars in traditional granite buildings in the south west of England and the granite region of Normandy in North Western France. Local clay and soil are especially low in 'embodied energy' and can potentially replace a number of environmentally expansive materials in new-build as well as for the repair of old buildings. The building defects associated with the shrinkage of clay mortars are usually cracks which occurs at the corner of buildings or diagonal cracks. The use of traditional lime plasters needs to be encouraged as they tend to be more flexible and can accommodate small structural movements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages18-19
Number of pages2
No.62
Specialist publicationArchitectural Technology
PublisherBritish Institute of Architectural Technologists
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005

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