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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
These two books are the perfect starting place to help you get to grips with one of the most vitally important aspects of our society - our homes and living environment.

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    • CommentAuthorLizM
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2022
    I’m going to be painting various bits of my house soon, all indoors: new mdf, existing gypsum plaster and new lime plaster. I’m guess different types of undercoat/paint for each. I was wondering what the latest thoughts are around the best ones for environment e.g. no fossil oil, low toxicity/ VOC; for vapour permeability; longevity; cost? I was at an AECB conference a couple of years ago and recall that worrying about paint from the environment point of view was outweighed by poor performance of eco paints. Thoughts?
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2022
    For the lime plaster I'd recommend Earthborn clay paint. We used it - two coats onto the lime and that's it (undercoat and top coat). We haven't had any problems in the seven years since. On the internal walls which were gypsum I used Dulux Trade Supermatt for the first (under) coat and Earthborn on top. That too has worked well. The Dulux product is one of the few I know that publishes an Sd figure for the paint and is cheaper than the clay paint of course.

    Most of the MDF we used was pre-primed. From memory I think we used Dulux Trade products for the undercoat and top coat and primer where needed. Don't remember whether they have good eco credentials.
    • CommentAuthorCatherineD
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2022
    Yes, Earthborn clay paint is really nice to use and covers well. We've used it in nearly all of our house now, following an extension 7 years ago that was painted with it.
    • CommentAuthorSimonD
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2022
    Also take a look at Auro Paints. I'm using their clay paint but they also sell a 'standard' emulsion. Good breathability with both, but best with the clay paint. Lovely to apply. The whole philosophy behind the products is environmental friendliness.

    In our previous house we used a lot of paints from Ecos paints which now seems to be rebranded as Lakeland Paints. Worthy of a look too. The clear varnish was just amazing.
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