the lead partner

Plymouth University

The School of Architecture Design and Environment at Plymouth University has been researching the use of Cob in the South West of England since 1992. The School has a research group that focuses on the performance of buildings. PhDs and has the facilities to investigate the structural, thermal and moisture related phenomena in laboratory materials and laboratory buildings. In the recent UK REF research assessment 59% of the school’s research is classified as world class. Through the CORDIAL and ECOBEE INTERREG IV to FCE projects the Plymouth team has worked on the thermal performance of historic buildings (CORDIALE) and Eco-Construction in the France (Channel) / England area (ECOBEE). www.plymouth.ac.uk/research

Professor Steve Goodhew – PI Project

Karen Hood-Cree – Project Manager

Dr. Jim Carfrae – Researcher

Dr Matthew Fox – Researcher

 

Kevin Owen – Technician

 

the project partners

Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs des Travaux de la Construction de Caen (ESITC Caen)

The research laboratory of ESITC Caen develops partnership research with industrials and research laboratories in the field of sustainable construction and the eco-materials. Through their research thematics (Materials for Sustainable Building, Environmental Geotechnics, Energy and Environment, and Maritime Infrastructure), the research team supports industrial and local authorities to solve their technical issues in building materials (mechanical, geotechnical and microstructural), design of concrete cementitious materials, geotechnical engineering, environmental impact assessment (LCA). A PhD thesis on earth-fiber construction materials is currently ongoing to develop sustainable cob materials with optimized mechanical, thermal and acoustic performance and to adjust the practical application on site.  Within the scope of CobBauge, ESITC will develop and optimize cob structural materials with structural and thermal analyzes. www.esitc-caen.com

Professor Mohamed Boutouil

Malo Le Guern

Nassim Sebaibi

Parc naturel régional des Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin (PnrMCB)

The Regional Nature Park of the Marshes of Cotentin and Bessin (PnrMCB) has been established in 1991 and has been established in the area of ​​conservation and development. and financial support for the renovation and new earthen buildings. In the same time, the PnrMCB is involved in training on earth building and particularly for building societies, architects, in the training for adults of the National Education and Public Awareness. Member of the National Association of Earth Builders (Asterre), it has also acted as an “expert” in the PIRATE European program. Within the scope of CobBauge, the PnrMCB will bring its technical expertise in the development of new cob materials and building processes. www.parc-cotentin-bessin.fr

François Streiff

Francois Streiff (PnrMCB)

Earth Building UK and Ireland (EBUKI)

Earth Building UK and Ireland is a charity membership organization for people and organizations interested in earth building and a group of volunteer project officers. It brings together builders, academics, researchers, architects, engineers, manufacturers to work in local and national levels. The organization has several objectives: i- conservation of vernacular earth buildings; research and development in earth materials; iii-fostering the skills base, extending skills and knowledge and the development of new techniques; iv- creating networks to represent earth building interests both locally and internationally;v- promotion of earth building in contemporary construction by the development of new innovative products and techniques and appropriate standards. ebuki.co

Rowland Keable

Becky Little

Caen Normandy University – LUSAC Laboratory

The LUSAC laboratory is a research unit of the Caen Normandy University. CEA, AREVA, TEMEX, DCNS, EDF, ACOM, Wibe, Orange, GEA-BTT, LEMASSON. The laboratory is structured into three research groups, one of which focuses on energy efficiency and heat transfer and its industrial application. The LUSAC has a good level of scientific production and cooperation. It also has a good overview on heat and mass transfer and on the microscale phase change. Within the scope of CobBauge, the LUSAC will bring its expertise in thermal management and analysis of thermal properties of building materials, www.unicaen.fr ; lusac.unicaen.fr

Professor Hasna Loahlia