Greener Housing

Jack Besuchet

Jack Besuchet - Greener Housing

I qualified as a Master Builder in 1995, having served a 7 year long apprenticeship in Switzerland. This apprenticeship included learning the practical knowledge of stone masonry, mortars, formed concrete, brick work, renders and plastering, as well as carpentry. It also qualified me to lead building projects as I was made familiar with all planning requirements, the establishment of a work schedule and estimated costs based on plans provided by engineers or architects. (I am also licensed in Switzerland to have my own apprentices and set up scaffoldings)

Just after qualifying, I spent a year working in a tiling company which added to my already comprehensive skillset.

Dams and weirs building

During the first ten years of my career, I have had the opportunity to work on the following:

  • New builds: villas and tower blocks
  • Highway bridges
  • Dams
  • Concrete slabs and walls
  • Brick work and renders
  • Concrete screeds

I have, since then, worked on numerous renovation projects and extensions including stone farm houses and churches. On these projects I learned about lime technology, including hemp insulation, as well as dry stone walling and slate roofing.

I also have some experience in Photo Voltaic panels installation, under floor heating and various eco-friendly insulation techniques.

I have over 20 years’ experience here in Wales, moving to Machynlleth in 1999 to work at the Centre for Alternative Technology on the sustainably built Information Centre and Shop (ATEIC) and learning about sustainable building technology.

Conservation area requirements often specify particular traditional materials are to be used which is where my experience is especially valuable.

I have also created a few wet rooms with stone and tiled floors where I have fitted slate tiling and waterproof panelling.

photo voltaic cells
Photo Voltaic Cells
Centre for Alternative Technology
Centre for Alternative Technology 
Wet room construction
Wet rooms
Hemp plastering
Hemp insulating render : rough base coats and fine top coat
traditional stone buildings
Traditional stone buildings
Dry stone walling
Dry stone walling in landscaping
traditional stone buildings
House restorations
Dry stone walling
Stone fireplaces

A full restoration project I was responsible for, which involved underpinning the length of the south facing wall, French drains, insulated concrete floors with underfloor heating and stone tiling, air source heat pump, restoration of stonework and chimneys, lime renders, insulating hemp plasters, a tiled wet room and a new fully insulated roof.