- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 12 Dec 2020
Daub is a sticky composite that has been used as a building material for earth building techniques for over 6,000 years. It is a form of mud plaster made from a combination of wet soil, clay, sand, animal dung and straw.
When used in the technique known as wattle and daub, it is supported by thin branches (wattle) that are woven together. Daub does not have the good insulation properties of straw-bale or clay-straw, but it does provide good thermal mass.
Typically, the component ingredients of daub are a combination of binders which hold it together (clay, lime, chalk dust, and so on), aggregates which provide bulk and stability (subsoil, sand, crushed stone, and so on), and reinforcement which aids flexibility and controls shrinkage (such as straw, hay and other fibrous materials). Daub is usually mixed by hand but traditionally livestock was used to tread it together.
Once the daub has been applied to the wattle (sometimes in more than one layer) it must be left to completely dry before being whitewashed which provides resistance to rain.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
Prioritising tax considerations.
The four D creative process: discover, define, develop and deliver.
National Cyber Security Centre initiative is announced.
Reviewing trends and projections.
Legislation will establish initiatives to move towards net zero.
How to document contractor employment status.
Tech tools to help manage people and space post-pandemic.
A style that ranges from mock Tudor to arts and crafts to the 'Wrenaissance'.
Free guide from Secured by Design.
BREEAM strategy for sustainability and the circular economy.
Free tool to improve the construction programming process.
Are buildings doing what they're supposed to be doing?
Cities with quick access to everything by foot or bike.
The pressures and pinch points of global destinations.