[Strawbale]Re: Hydraulic Lime

Derek Roff derek at unm...
Thu Sep 23 18:19:51 CEST 2004

Does hydraulic lime have the vapor permeability of traditional high calcium 
limes?  My guess would be that it doesn't, but I haven't seen any figures. 
How does the vapor permeability of the St. Astier lime render compare with 
standard lime and portland cement/lime renders?

While it is impressive to claim minimal water penetration in the render 
after the equivalent of four months of continuous rain, what that really 
tells us, is that the material has properties that we don't need.  As 
noted, we never get four months of continuous rain.  Such claims appeal to 
a reflexive "more is always better" enthusiasm, and often disguise the 
negative side effects of excess.  I think it is more important to have good 
vapor permeability than to have extreme water resistance.  Especially if 
there are concerns about ground moisture entering the structure from under 
the house.

Standard lime renders have adequate resistance to water penetration, even 
in wet British and French climates.  They have excellent vapor 
permeability.  Lime putty can be stored for years.  The increased water 
resistance of hydraulic lime is not needed, so far as I know.  Vapor 
permeability is unknown (by me).  Hydraulic lime cannot be stored after 
mixing with water.  Working time is limited.  In my view, these last two 
factors make hydraulic limes inferior to standard limes for building 
renders, especially for amateur builders.  No doubt there are some 
situations where they would be appropriate.


--On Thursday, September 23, 2004 3:18 PM +0200 Martin Oehlmann 
<martin.oehlmann at hetnet...> wrote:

> St. Astier NHL2  is composed of 55-60% airlime and the rest hydraulic
> lime.

Derek Roff
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University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
505/277-7368, fax 505/277-3885
Internet: derek at unm...

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