16 Jun '15, 11am

Lime in Old Buildings - Roger Hunt adds his latest guide to GreenSpec

Lime in Old Buildings - Roger Hunt adds his latest guide to GreenSpec

Anyone repairing or conserving old buildings should know about lime. Although lime mortars, renders and plasters were largely superseded by cement based products in the first half of the 20th century, lime has a long and proven track record dating back to ancient times; we know, for example, that the Egyptians were using lime by 4000 BC in the construction of pyramids. This doesn't mean that lime is an outmoded technology, nor is it a complicated or difficult to use material. In fact, lime has a growing place in modern construction with increasing numbers of designers choosing to use lime based products because of their special properties. Unlike many modern materials, lime has the great benefit of allowing buildings to breathe, thus avoiding problems of dampness and decay. Equally, lime produces wonderful soft looking textures, weathers gracefully and, in the form of lime...

Full article: http://www.greenspec.co.uk/building-design/lime

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