The CobBauge project is part of the work by
the European Union to reduce the carbon emissions of the FCE area by
2020 by 20% (2012/27/UE). The energy consumed for the building
sector currently represents 40% of the total energy produced
(UE2010), 60% of which is used by occupants to heat buildings.
The CobBauge project was selected under the
European cross-border cooperation Programme INTERREG V A France (Channel) –
England co-funded by the ERDF and involves 5 French and British partners.
Some of the CobBauge team...
The cob houses that are commonly found in the Channel regions of
France and Great Britain do not meet the current thermal
regulations. So the objective of the CobBauge project is to create
new cob materials and processes that are both economical and
compliant with building standards while answering the needs for the
preservation of the local historical heritage. For more images click
CobBauge won the prestigious Regio Stars competion
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The partners will aim to create four new
cob mixes that will be thermally and structurally tested to ensure they
meet building regulations and significantly improve household energy
The newly created cob mixes will be produced from
local soils, helping to reduce CO2 emissions by around 40 per cent
compared to the production of traditional masonry materials. They will
also reduce construction waste by a projected 16 tonnes per property, a
saving of €2115 in terms of landfill costs.
The results will be
shared with professionals in the construction industry and a second
phase of the project will then publish building guidelines for the new
cob mixes and train over 500 builders and other professionals in cob
It is hoped this will then lead to the
construction of as many as 1,500 ‘CobBauge’ buildings on both sides of
the English Channel over the next ten years.
Sample wall showing intersection of cob and light earth mixes
The first phase of the project to confirm proof of the
project concept ran from 07/2017 – 03/2019 with a total budget of
ˆ 1,097,485, with ERDF co-financing: ˆ757,265 (69%)
Proposed CobBauge House
The second phase of the CobBauge project will run until June 2023 and 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).
EBUKI remain a committed and active partner, out project officers working on CobBauge:
Tom Morton -
Becky Little - Training
Rowland Keable - Training