Launch of new cob research project
  • Student event: The Levinsky Room, 3rd Floor, Roland Levinsky Building

  • Staff and public event: The Levinsky Room, 3rd Floor, Roland Levinsky Building

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'CobBauge' is a joint UK and French project centred on the regions bordering the Channel.

Cob is a traditional method of using the earth on site to construct the walls of a building. Cob houses have existed in the south of England and northern France for centuries, however the construction industry has been unable to create a cob material that meets new thermal and structural building regulations. 

In France, cob is known as 'Bauge', hence 'CobBauge'. The CobBauge research project is aimed at optimising cob as a building material.

Two events are being held that will introduce those interested to the project. Join us to learn more about the issues facing cob buildings and to find out how we intend to improve the materials to bring it into line with current regulations and modern methods of construction.

The first event (14:00-16:00) is aimed at University students and refreshments will be available afterwards. No booking is required to attend.

The second event (18:00-20:00) is open to University staff and the public. Refreshments are available from 17:15 and a buffet and networking will follow the event from 20:00. Please book your place by emailing Jim Carfrae (

Jim may also be contacted for queries about either event.

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Today's events

The CobBauge Project

The University will work alongside the Ecole Superieure D'ingenieur des Travaux de la Construction de Caen, Syndicat Mixte du Parc naturel régional des Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin, Earth Building UK and Ireland and the Université Caen-Normandie

Follow the CobBauge project on Facebook

The Interreg VA France (Channel) England Programme

The Interreg France (Channel) England Programme is a European Territorial Cooperation programme that aims to fund high quality cooperation projects in the Channel border region between France and England. It focuses on a range of specific objectives including supporting innovation, improving the attractiveness of the FCE area and developing low carbon technologies. The Programme has a total of €223 million of ERDF funds to distribute by 2023 and is managed by Managing Authority Norfolk County Council.

The Environmental Building Research Group

Based within the School of Art, Design and Architecture, the group's main research concentrations are in fields of building performance analysis and construction management

Find out more about the group's research
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