If someone were to tell you their new house was made out of cob, you might not realize that it started out looking like this. But the old tradition of building a home from the ground up (literally), is starting a new environmental trend, and catching on in Ireland and South England. The cob home actually has added benefits: it stays cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and gives an incomparable natural feel to your home. The cob home isn’t meant for every climate, but in the areas it works in, the houses have proven they can stand the test of time, albeit with a bit of taking after – mud walls still need to “breathe” for years after being constructed, and need to be built very carefully, and with proper materials because of this.
As the Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Greener Ideal, Ian has been a driving force in environmental journalism and sustainable lifestyle advocacy since 2008. With over a decade of dedicated involvement in environmental matters, Ian has established himself as a respected expert in the field. Under his leadership, Greener Ideal has consistently delivered independent news and insightful content that empowers readers to engage with and understand pressing environmental issues.
Ian’s expertise extends beyond editorial leadership; his hands-on experience in exploring and implementing sustainable practices equips him with practical knowledge that resonates with both industry professionals and eco-conscious audiences. This blend of direct involvement and editorial oversight has positioned Ian as a credible and authoritative voice in environmental journalism and sustainable living.