The first meeting of the Welsh local group was held on 24th November at Ty Mawr Lime and was attended by 17 people. The meeting started by Nigel Gervis giving a very good talk and a guided tour of Ty Mawr, its history, the renovation project of all the buildings and how to incorporate newer buildings into the function of the site.
We were particularly impressed by the thoughtfulness of Nigel and how he addressed the use of lime and other sustainable building technologies such blown glass foam underfloor insulation and Limecrete using recycled glass aggregate to renovate Ty Mawr – a listed building.
After lunch we formally introduced ourselves, the group consisted of building professionals, home owners ( self builders), possible new members and students from CAT. We spoke about plans for other meetings, future plans for the Welsh group and the challenges of how to promote AECB and its aims especially in Wales.
We also discussed the importance of using local materials, how those materials were traditionally recycled back in to the building, building design to suit the region and the materials available and last but not least, the research, development and application of traditional and recycled materials to suit our present day needs.
We all agreed that meeting regularly to discuss our projects and issues reduced the feelings of loneliness. The meeting closed with everyone in a buoyant and supported frame of mind and a vote of thanks to Nigel and Joyce for their hospitallity and Sam from Ty Mawr Line for helping to organise the event.
The next meeting of AECB Cwmru will be on the 4th February – linked with the Stone Cold Houses Project conference organised by the Eco Centre Wales.