Copper Guttering and Down spouts
Copper is a "noble" metal, one that resists corrosion and oxidation and Copper has also been used for centuries as an aesthetically pleasing building material. Today, because of its superior thermal and electrical conductivity, its ability to enhance many building technologies and its large contribution to a building’s overall environmental performance, copper's role extends well beyond those historical uses and is now more important that ever.
Copper and its many alloys, such as the brasses and bronzes, offer visually stunning qualities along with unique physical and mechanical properties. This ensures that designers and building owners not only achieve their visual aspirations and performance specifications, but also are able to meet their environmental and cost-performance goals as well.
Many copper-containing building products have high recycled content—often exceeding 80%. Perhaps more importantly, these products are durable, have long life spans, are low maintenance—requiring little repair or replacement—and are readily reusable or recyclable.
Copper is used in traditional roof and wall cladding, flashing, gutters and down spouts, as well as sunshades and passive solar walls.
Lasting a century or more, copper roofs and cladding do not have to be replaced. Over the building’s life, this longevity eliminates the need to use new roofing material and prevents the waste generated from other old, worn roofing material. Any higher initial costs for such copper applications typically are offset by low to no maintenance costs over the operational life of the building. Across its life cycle—from extraction to recycling—copper has a minimal impact on energy consumption and natural resources, while its use has an immensely positive impact on energy efficiency, indoor air quality and life-cycle costs.
Copper’s benefits do not end once construction is completed. In fact, a major benefit of copper's use, total recyclable, is realized during demolition. And, nearly all of the copper ever mined is still in use today. It is one of the most easily recycled metals available, and, except for that used in high-performance wiring applications, copper maintains its performance attributes through the recycling process—it is not down cycled into lower value products.
Soft and Hard Woods
Exterior doors and windows are hand made from African Sapele hardwood FSC certified as sourced from Sustainable forests. In addition some Ceder is used for external cladding and inside traditional Pine softwood is used extensively for tongue and grove wall covering.
The FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.
FSC certification provides a credible link between responsible production and consumption of forest products, enabling consumers and businesses to make purchasing decisions that benefit people and the environment as well as providing ongoing business value.
After considerable research we concluded that traditional Linseed paint is by far the most appropriate and effective solution for the protection of exterior woodwork.
Linseed Paint lasts up to 3 times longer than modern conventional petrochemical based paints. Financially this dramatically longer life span will obviously lead to very significant maintenance savings over the years. They also offer huge environmental benefits, made from natural 100% pure linseed oil, derived from renewable and sustainable resources and with natural paint pigments and no added solvents.
A traditional linseed oil paint contains no plastic or alkyd binding medium. Linseed oil paint works naturally with wood ; a surface painted with Linseed Oil Paint breathes; therefore the wood does not decay or rot under the paint. Repainting is therefore easy as Linseed Oil Paint can always be applied on top of previous coats of linseed oil paint without difficult and expensive paint removal.
The reason Linseed Paint is not more widely used in the outdoor paint market is due in part to the initial application time and cost; a good result requires the application of three thin layers with intermediate drying, the cost of the paint itself and the desire of most builders to move on to the next job. In modern times with cheap materials and expensive labour costs, linseed oil paints may not be the first choice for the price orientated builder; for the long term, sustainable and environmentally aware they are the only choice.
Lime is a natural building material and describes a calcium-containing inorganic substance in which carbonates, oxides and hydroxides predominate. Strictly speaking, lime is calcium oxide or calcium hydroxide. These materials are still used in large quantities as building materials (including limestone products, concrete and mortar) and the use of many of the resulting products date from prehistoric periods in both the Old and the New World.
Lime is basically a binder – the original ‘cement’. Lime binders are used to make mortars, plasters, renders, concretes and lime washes, having been in use in some form for at least 10,000 years.
Lime plasters have certain characteristics which make them the most appropriate material for repairing or constructing buildings finished with natural stone. Lime mortars allow traditionally constructed buildings to ‘breathe’ moisture, unlike modern OPC mortars which can be virtually impermeable, trapping water within the walls and leading to dampness and decay.
Where appropriate Lime Harling used as a protective and decorative finish can also provide the building with a very natural, attractive and pleasing appearance.