The Materials Book

Going Green, Hold the Earth Tones: Colorful clay plasters can broaden the appeal of a sustainable material Clay has a lot going for it: it contains no toxic ingredients, its mass helps buffer swings in humidity and temperature, and it can even filter toxins from the air. But architects have long resisted it, especially in interiors, because it typically came only in various earth tones. This version from Claytec is available in 146 colors based on natural pigments—including white—boosting its appeal far beyond the “green” building community. And when a structure built with clay is razed, the plaster can be recycled simply by dissolving it in water. Example: White clay plaster Yosima by Claytec, seen in Torfremise, Schechen, Germany Contributed by: Eike Roswag-Klinge, ZRS Architekten Ingenieure 358