The CobBauge Project – CPD and Site Visit


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A traditional building method is being repurposed through an international research project with a view to constructing a new generation of energy-efficient homes.

The CobBauge research project (a merging of the English and French words for the technique) led by the University of Plymouth aims to change that, and demonstrate that the ancient technique involving mixing earth and natural fibres with water, has a role to play in the future of the construction industry. It is the latest research undertaken by the University’s Environmental Building Group, with existing projects examining the thermal performance of buildings and ways to increase public awareness of how to enhance energy efficiency in the home.

Professor Steve Goodhew said: “Cob buildings are a common and attractive sight in many communities on both sides of the English Channel, but they do not meet current thermal regulations. However, with the authorities requiring new construction and renovations that are sympathetic to the historic built environment, there is definitely still a place for them. By developing new methods and training professionals in how to implement them, we can ensure this traditional technique is adapted so that it remains part of the streetscape for centuries to come.”

The CobBauge project, which is testing out cob (a mix between earth, fibre and water) as the main building material, is a proof of concept for a much more sustainable construction method. This webinar includes a fascinating insight into this method of construction from Professor Steve Goodhew, as well as presentations from the CIOB on Sustainability by Amanda Williams and our Learning Legacy by Dr Gina Al-Talal.  It concludes with a tour of the CobBauge building itself, along with the project’s testing lab.


  • Professor Steve Goodhew – Plymouth University
  • Dr Gina Al-Talal – Head of Technical and Standards Development, CIOB
  • Amanda Williams – Head of Environmental Sustainability, CIOB

The CobBauge project has received a total budget of €4,097,365.10 with total ERDF funding of € 2,827,181.91 (69%) from the Interreg VA France (Channel) England Programme, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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