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FAQs - General Questions

What are the disadvantages of Natural Building Materials?

Straw bales even more so than with mud brick, rammed earth, cob, earth bag etc greatest enemy is moisture - thus one needs to adhere to good building practices especially when building in rain prone areas i.e. good foundations, proper sill details, proper roof overhangs and the use of breathable plasters and paints. It is always best to get good technical assistance from someone who understands these materials when building with them.


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"E-WIRE" lights by Andy Horn

The Eco Design lighting range is made from local or recycled materials. Standing Floor Lamps, Desk Lamps, Pendant Lights and Chandeliers are available. The lamp stands are from locally moon phase harvested alien timber. Recycled car parts are used as bases. Various paper shades & low energy LED light bulbs provide good lighting and create a beautiful atmosphere.

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We offer a number of construction & info manuals on our website on natural building technologies which specifically refer to the South African context. The info manual "A LIME DUNG PLASTER RECIPE" has recently been added to the collection.   Click here for more information.

All our manuals are also now available as E-Book downloads. Click here for the E-Books.