6pm Thursday 11th May

Irish Architectural Archive, Merrion Square
7.15pm talk by Fernando Vegas y Camilla Mileto
Escuela Técnica de Arquitectura, Univesidad Politecnica de Valencia
“Lime, earth and gypsum traditional mortars of the Valencia region”
Followed by a wine reception.   Full details to be announced

BLF Conference 2017 Trondheim, Norway

Thursday 7th -Sunday 11th September 2017

Dear BLF Member,

Booking is now open for the 2017 conference being held at Nidaros Cathedral Workshop, Trondheim, Norway. 

The theme of the conference is Rediscovering Traditional Mortars and will include lectures (in English), visits to the Cathedral and the workshops, and there will be a firing of the workshop lime kiln to create quicklime for the hot-mixed lime mortars used in the cathedral restoration. 

The conference programme is on the
Nidaros Cathedral Workshop website

Read more: BLF Conference 2017 Trondheim, Norway


Lime Mortar Update OPW and BLFI

Mortar mixes for our Built Heritage, including Hot-mixed Lime mortar and earth mortars

Workshop hosted by OPW Depot Kilkenny

This Event is Now Fully Booked

Note Similar workshops will be run in Autumn 2017 in Killarney and Atheny

The workshops will be of interest to those specifying or working with mortars for the repair of buildings. It will benefit the architect/ mason making the transition into working on heritage structures

Read more: Lime Mortar Update OPW and BLFI


Newsletter February 2017


Welcome to the first Building Limes Forum Ireland Newsletter of 2017. It‘s been almost a year since the last issue so we have endeavoured to include as many topics as possible to demonstrate what‘s been keeping you all busy; we also include information on upcoming events that may be of interest and reviews of events you may have missed. As usual thanks to those who have contributed articles, all of which serve to demonstrate the great variety of lime work ongoing throughout the country, from the renovation of a farm building with earth and lime mortar in Tipperary, to the south inner city of Dublin where an important early 18th century house has had its neglected brick façade carefully repaired. See how the BLFI Bursary helped another SPAB Scholar, read an update from EBUKI and SPAB Ireland, two organisations  ̳on the move‘ and plenty more. Hopefully you‘ll be inspired and ready to face the year ahead with a renewed enthusiasm for all things lime!

Oiseen Kelly - Editor

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You are very welcome to the Building Limes Forum Ireland website. The Building Limes Forum Ireland, BLFI, brings together all those involved in the use of natural lime in the building industry from built heritage to sustainable new build. The BLFI provides information on all aspects of lime and its uses and offers a platform for discussion, sharing experiences and making friends and contacts.


Lime Works By Patrick McAfee is a new
publication Limeworkson working with lime produced
by the Building Limes Forum of Ireland (BLFI)
Lime Works is an easy to read... technical
book for a wide range of people;previous
technical knowledge is not necessary. It is
comprehensively illustrated with examples
of lime use from Ireland, north and south.
Lime Works is aimed at the

  • Building owner
  • Practitioner (stonemason, bricklayer
    and plasterer)
  • Specifier (architect and engineer).

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  • Access to an informal network of contacts who are prepared to share information and to discuss matters of general interest to members;
  • An annual Journal, ‘Journal of the Building Limes Forum’, and regular newsletters;
  • The opportunity to participate in conferences, courses, workshops, demonstrations and visits organised by the Forum;
  • Access to the online forum, access to information, tutorials and publication
  • West Dean College offers discounts of 10% on the course fees to BLFI members
  • Scottish Lime Centre offers discounts of up to 20% on fees to BLFI members

Link to Building Limes Forum (UK) Newsletter contents here Note to get the whole newsletter you must join BLF (UK)

Links to other Lime Forums around the world:

Scandinavia (Nordisk Forum for Bygningskalk)

Italy (Forum Italiano Calce)

Switzerland (Calcina: Fachverband für Kalk)

Iberia (el Fórum Ibérico de la Cal)

Mexico (el Foro de Construcción con Cal)

The Building Limes Forum has a chapter, not yet independent, in Australia

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