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Jeffrey Hart
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I’m very proud that an Earth Floor I created has just been shown on Channel 4’s: Grand Designs. The episode can be seen here for a few more weeks It was a joy and honour to be a small part of Ed and Rowena’s incredible journey in creating this very…
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Such a great podcast available over at abundant edge. A great range of permaculture-based interviews – go check them out. “My guest today is Gabriel Franklin, master plasterer and the owner of the company “The Art of Plaster.” Gabriel grew up with a…
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I was very fortunate to attend the international straw bale conference in Colorado when I was in the states a few years ago. It had a profound effect on me. So I’m so very excited to be part of the organising team bringing you this! SBUK Presents: The Big…
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In the age of the internet, I am still a huge believer in the humble natural building book. I can be drawn much deeper into a book, and stay much more focused. So here, I shall list my favorite natural building books. I suspect this will be a work in…
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Im sure that’s not big news to a lot of you? A recent article in the gaurdian states that: …energy bills have continued to rise in real terms to about £1,110 a year, according to the study, in part because of higher fuel costs. If all the possible…
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  The Lighthouse was opened in 1873, and is a rare example of granite stones being used on the West Coast of Norway. Because of this, it has been given Norway’s highest order of listed building protection. The lighthouse also has a lot of history from the…
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This is the first part in a series of posts about creating healthy homes with natural materials for people who have cystic fibrosis. The following topics will be covered: Part 1 – Cystic fibrosis and how indoor air quality has an impact Part 2 – The…
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A great video from the Woodlanders video series on making a black ash pack basket. I’m very excited to try ash splint basket making next month!   WOODLANDERS EP2: BLACK ASH PACK BASKET from Costa on Vimeo.
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We just finished applying a hot lime wash to our ‘Ty Twt‘ building in Wales. Here you can see the finished building. Ty Twt is a load bearing straw bale house completed by my company, Hartwyn using our intern building model. The house was completed in 11…
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We have been looking at how carbon can be released in the production of some materials common to modern construction. These sketches show the carbon footprint of a tonne of cement. The bubbles show emissions of carbon dioxide (a release of carbon dioxide…
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