Arc Architects

This 3-year project assessed the technical, practical and commercial viability of earth masonry in contemporary construction. The materials studied were U.K. mass-produced earth/fibre bricks and clay mortar and German clay plasters.

The project found that earth masonry was simple to use and had major benefits of moisture control and thermal mass. The clay plasters produced an attractive finish, but a clear need for specialist training was demonstrated.

The project made a detailed study of one house through design, construction and occupation. Funded by the DTI’s Partners In Innovation programme and Communities Scotland, project partners included Dundee and Robert Gordon Universities, the Errol Brick Company Ltd and Natural Building Technologies Ltd.