Paulo avidly attended courses on the use of straw bales, lime plaster, stabilised adobe and a whole host of other materials and techniques that can be used to make low-impact and sustainable buildings. He loathed concrete blocks, bricks and portland cement.
A major project was when Paulo worked for six months at Casa Felix in Troporiz close to the Spanish border in northern Portugal. Living in a yurt on-site, he applied sustainable building techniques involving straw bale and lime render to the renovation of a ruined granite farmhouse.
Paulo and Magnus - site conference in the granite-block farmhouse shell.
Using a hedge cutter to trim the strawbale prior to lime/clay render.
Two videos showing lime/clay render preparation.
Paulo and Magnus slaking quicklime in the lime pit at Casa Felix, northern Portugal. This will make a nice lime putty for plastering the strawbale walls on part of the house.
Paulo and Magnus treading clay cob at Casa Felix.
The finished job