Shifting perceptions: Establishing an Earth Building Organisation in the UK

Daniel Maskell, Rowland Keable

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The UK has a rich heritage of earthen buildings and recently a renewed interest in the use for contemporary construction. It is estimated that the UK has thousands of earth buildings including residential, educational, commercial and religious buildings built using a wide range of techniques. However earth building is relatively unknown within the construction industry and there is lack of awareness across all construction professions, funders and insurers; all key parties to further adoption of earthen building materials.

This paper will review the establishment of the UK’s national earth building organisation, commenting retrospective on both the success and challenges faced. It was found that projects led by passionate individuals with support from within the organisation help overcome challenges associated with a new organisation with no natural geographic centre and widespread voluntary human resources. Beyond the initial need for developing the organisation a discussion regarding the need for charitable status and the resulting change of governance that has led to a successful project-led approach for the organisation. Similar national organisations in other countries will benefit from this review of the approach, which will help achieve our objective of the growth and awareness of earthen construction.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016
EventTerra 2016, 12th World Congress on Earthen Architecture - Lyon, France
Duration: 10 Jul 201614 Jul 2016


ConferenceTerra 2016, 12th World Congress on Earthen Architecture


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