Natural Curves

Natural Curves

Some materials will allow natural curves to form and can be used sculpturally to create features within a garden design. Here we have a wire trellis fixed to the planter below and allowed to form a natural arch, which the beans are using to great effect with the...
Embodied Energy

Embodied Energy

Embodied energy is the amount of energy required to produce a particular item or material and make it available for use. Highly processed materials such as stainless steel, glass, and concrete take a lot of energy to produce when all manufacturing processes, mining...
Strawbale Construction

Strawbale Construction

Strawbale is one of our favourite building materials. It has amazing insulation properties (around 4 times more effective than a conventionally built brick veneer wall with R2.5 insulation batts), has a ‘massiveness’ and ‘sturdiness’ to it that...
Rammed Earth Walls

Rammed Earth Walls

Rammed earth is another sustainable choice for a building material. Suitable soil can be sourced from the site itself, eliminating the transportation, energy and carbon costs of highly refined and processed materials. It can be used for its thermal mass properties or...