The aims and objectives of the Devon Earth Building Association or DEBA are as follows

1 To provide a forum for the discussion of issues relating to the conservation of earth buildings in Devon and the South West of England.

2 To provide advice and technical guidance on the repair and maintenance of earth buildings, including composite structures, daubs, renders and plasters, through an information service, the publication of technical leaflets dealing with specific issues, and the organisation of practical demonstrations, exhibitions/displays and seminars.

3 To encourage and support scientific and technical research and practical/professional training in the field of earth construction and associated traditional building methods.

4 To establish mutually beneficial links with groups and individuals working with earth buildings in other parts of Britain and abroad.

5 To encourage the revival of earth building techniques for repair of existing structures and new building construction and to investigate the potential of the material for low-energy, sustainable building.

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D.E.B.A. was founded in the Spring of 1991 by Larry Keefe, then Conservation Officer at Teignbridge District Council, and Ray Harrison, then Architect with English Heritage Properties in Care South West. In 1993 Ray Harrison was instrumental in the setting up of a national network of earth building practitioners. This has now formally been acepted as the ICOMOS (UK) Earth Structures Group and DEBA is one of a number of regional groups affiliated with it.

DEBA has only three officers, a Membership Secretary, a Treasurer and Members Secretary, and a Newsletter Editor, all of whom are appointed by informal agreement from within the Working Group

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Membership entitles you to support the aims and objectives of the Association, to network with other members, and to attend the annual Wider Group Meeting

If you wish to become a member the please download the membership form here, and send it with payment to the address supplied.

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