Sustainable Building

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.

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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.

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Paulo and Magnus treading clay cob at Casa Felix.

The finished job

 

 

 

 

Paulo's Permaculture

Water Systems

Paulo first encountered water and waste management systems through his experience in permaculture design courses.

Sustainable Building

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

Energy Systems

One system’s waste is another’s raw material. Paulo realised this fact at an early stage in his permaculture development.

Integrated Systems

How can self-sufficient communities go ‘off-grid”? At a physical level, all humans need shelter, food and energy resources.