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Friday, May 19, 2006

NEWS: Greener Homes and Buildings Show

Head up to mid Wales this weekend for the Greener Homes and Buildings Show at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground, Builth Wells, Powys. The show is part of the wider Small Holder and Garden Festival. There will be demonstrations, seminars and 4000 square feet dedicated to green homes. There's an impressive list of exhibitors, including the founders of the Greener Homes and Buildings Group, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) and Cylch Ty Mawr Lime. The group was established in 2003 to encourage sustainable building and living. The show starts at 9am and runs until 6pm on Saturday 20th May and Sunday 21st May.

I previously blogged about Cylch Ty Mawr Lime at Hippyshopper and suggested that the 'cement industry is going sour', at least for eco-builders. Consider this: Global carbon dioxide emissions from the cement industry are greater than the entire aviation industry.* Lime mortar and plaster (pictured) are the environmental alternative to cement and their use is growing in ecological new builds. Cylch Ty-Mawr Lime in Brecon, Wales is the Welsh Centre for Traditional and Ecological Building - basically they're experts in the use of lime as a building material. So if you are planning a green build, why not do our planet a favour and consider lime. Incidentally, there will be a demonstration on lime plastering on both days of this weekend's show.

Hopefully see you there!


*Source: Ordinary Portland Cement by Rob Scot McLeod from Building For a Future, Green Building Press. Volume 15, No. 2 Autumn 2005.

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