Our customers have saved the environment approximately
of CO2 released into its atmosphere. We thank our customers because the CO2 savings is due to their choice to use our Lime Mortars, Plasters and Paints which have a significantly lower carbon footprint over products relying on Portland Cement, Latex Paint, and Petroleum. Last updated 2-29-2020
The production of Portland Cement creates on average 80% more carbon emissions during the manufacturing and application phase compared to that of lime which is used in our mortar. The amount of energy used during the production stage of lime is one half of what is needed to produce Portland cement. Consequently, the release of CO2 into the atmosphere is reduced considerably. Furthermore, Natural Hydraulic Lime (NHL) reabsorbs most of the CO2 during the curing process, while cement reabsorbs none. By these combined processes, LimeWorks.us, along with our customers, have significantly reduced their individual carbon footprint by using our Ecologic™ Mortar.
Whether going after the LEED, Passive House or the Living Building certifications, or just simply helping the planet by doing your own part, your impact on the environment will be evident and beneficial to the longevity of the building by using lime instead of Portland Cement where applicable.
The change-of-use of older buildings through adaptive reuse or preservation and restoration maximizes the need for the environmental recovery of materials. It is essential to ensure the long-term survival of these structures with compatible materials. Some buildings have been in use for centuries; there is no logical reason that this cannot continue. Preservation, adaptation and restoration can have significant environmental advantages over new construction. Material longevity is unsurpassed when applied and maintained correctly and its life will span over several generations.
The greenest building is one that is already built!
Lime has been used in buildings for millennium as both wall coatings and for structural purposes, withstanding the test of time in structures such as the Great Pyramids and the frescos of Pompeii. In fact, lime was the primary building mortar throughout the world prior to the 20th century.
When working with historic buildings that have existed for decades or even centuries it is in the best service to the building to use materials that are the same or have similar properties to those originally used. Replacing like-for-like. If a building has been standing for that long why mess with success! Masonry walls were built as a system where the masonry units and mortar worked together, the mortar accommodated for the movement of the building and processed moisture, among other things. Using the wrong material, such as repointing with Portland cement, can cause irreversible damage to the masonry units. NHL is sympathetic to historic masonry allowing the building to work in the original way it was designed.
There is a large stock of older buildings no longer in use and left in disrepair across the country, especially in our cities, that can be restored using the appropriate materials and repurposed.
Lime has proven itself as a building material that can last for centuries, why not use that to our advantage and make appropriate repairs that can last for 100 years.
LimeWorks.us offers fully compatible products to supplement the natural building world.
Natural building is the use of a variety of systems and materials that result in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly structure. By using minimally processed and renewable resources this method is becoming ever more popular. Click the links below to explore more on how LimeWorks.us and Natural building go perfectly together.