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Jura Distillery trials green building repairs

Jura Distillery is set to become the first building in the country to trial an innovative self-repairing limewash, as part of its commitment to sustainability within the spirits industry.

Developed by the University of Hertfordshire and bio-based construction company UK Hempcrete, the new coating aims to reduce the carbon footprint of the distillery.

The solution increases a building surface’s absorption of CO2, with the project serving as a prototype for a potential solution in building conservation.

The initiative forms part of The Green Print, a roadmap to net zero created by the wider Whyte and Mackay whisky house, which lays out the sustainable future for the maker’s.

Jura is set to celebrate its 60th anniversary in April. Distillery manager Jamie Muir commented: “The Isle of Jura is beautiful place to make Scotch Whisky, but it is not necessarily the easiest place be a whisky maker. 

“When we created The Green Print, we laid out our commitment to make a positive impact on the local community where we make our whisky. This partnership with our friends at UK Hempcrete and the University of Hertfordshire will deliver a pilot which we believe could make a positive impact across the Scotch Whisky industry and beyond.” 

UK Hempcrete’s managing director Alex Sparrow added: “This collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire and Whyte and Mackay is a perfect fit for UK Hempcrete. 

“This is an opportunity to develop an innovative new low-carbon product alongside the development of primary research at the university, and simultaneously see its application in a real world context. This fits exactly with our ethos of improving the technical performance of buildings in the real world, whilst lowering their carbon footprint.”

10 March 2023 - Bradley Weir