Using Natural Finishes: Lime and Clay-based Plasters, Renders and Paints: A Step-by-Step Guide

Overview

With step-by-step instructions for applying lime- and clay-based plasters, renders, and paints, this manual features information on the benefits of natural finishes for personal health, the environment, and buildings. Drawing on traditional methods and materials for using lime and clay finishes on new and historic buildings, the handbook presents design details for using natural finishes to create healthy and eco-friendly homes and buildings. A comprehensive and up-to-date online resource guide to suppliers, ...

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Overview

With step-by-step instructions for applying lime- and clay-based plasters, renders, and paints, this manual features information on the benefits of natural finishes for personal health, the environment, and buildings. Drawing on traditional methods and materials for using lime and clay finishes on new and historic buildings, the handbook presents design details for using natural finishes to create healthy and eco-friendly homes and buildings. A comprehensive and up-to-date online resource guide to suppliers, practitioners, and courses is also included.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This highly informative and sumptuous book shows how the threat of climate change is also an opportunity to make buildings more beautiful.”  —Sunand Prasad, president, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781900322164
  • Publisher: UIT Cambridge
  • Publication date: 7/15/2008
  • Series: Sustainable Building Series
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,024,155
  • Product dimensions: 8.07 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Weismann and Katy Bryce work with lime and clay on a daily basis through their company, Cob in Cornwall. They learned these skills through restoring ancient vernacular buildings in Cornwall, and then began to apply the traditional techniques and materials to contemporary eco builds. They are the authors of Building with Cob.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     2
Buildings and natural finishes     12
Wall systems     14
Moisture and buildings     23
Building design     35
Preparations     48
Tools     50
Application techniques     59
Wall preparation     72
Site preparation     79
Aggregates     80
Lime-based plasters & renders     88
How lime-based plasters work     93
Preparing plasters and renders     107
Application techniques     121
Earth-based plasters & renders     140
How earth-based plasters work     143
Material preparation and mixing     169
Application techniques     181
Lime- and earth-based paints & washes     194
Paints - their ingredients and attributes     199
Limewashes     208
Casein paints     220
Alis clay paints     222
Fresco painting     232
Finishes from around the world     234
Marmarino - Italy     236
Tadelakt - Morocco     239
Litema - South Africa     242
Shikkui & Arakabe - Japan     245
Adobe - North America     248
Resources and suppliers     252
Bibliography     254
Index     257
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