2011 Courses at CAT

Check out the 2011 short courses at CAT (Centre for Alternative Technology)

Eco Building from New (3 days)
This introductory course will cover ecological building design and is useful for those who want an overview and an introduction to sustainable building. Topics covered will include low energy consumption, green building technologies, healthier habitats, the use of environmentally friendly building materials and... read more

• Fri 01 Apr - Sun 03 Apr, 2011 

Straw Bale Building (5 days)  
Led by 'Amazonails' Strawbale building experts this course will look at the history and use of straw bale buildings, different techniques, planning considerations and how to build. There will be practical workshops on the load bearing method, plaster and render preparation, and... read more

• Mon 30 May - Fri 03 Jun, 2011

Eco Refurbishment (5 days)  
The vast majority of us will never design and build our own new eco-homes, yet our existing houses can make a massive contribution to our carbon footprint and wider environmental impact. This course covers ecological improvements to existing buildings, including energy efficiency, renewable... read more

• Mon 18 Jul - Fri 22 Jul, 2011
• Mon 26 Sep - Fri 30 Sep, 2011

Eco Interiors (3 days)
This weekend course will look at considerations for creating sustainable, low energy and healthy interiors in the home.  It will include sessions on spatial planning to improve the environmental performance of the... read more

• Fri 22 Jul - Sun 24 Jul, 2011

Appropriate Building Materials and Methods (5 days)  
Led by Maurice Mitchell, an architect and lecturer at CAT for over 25 years, daily lectures will cover earth building, ferro-cement, building using a wide range of timbers, and emergency shelters. The bulk of the course will involve the design and construction... read more

• Mon 25 Jul - Fri 29 Jul, 2011

Taster Day: Natural Plaster and Renders (1 day)  
This short course offers a practical introduction to the use of natural materials in renders and plasters. Following a talk on the history and modern practicalities of earth and lime, you will... read more

• Sat 06 Aug, 2011

Building with Earth (3 days)
CAT has an Information Centre and Shop with beautiful rammed earth internal pillars. Earth blocks were used in the construction of new toilet facilities. This course will cover basic methods and construction techniques, soil analysis and practical sessions in rammed earth techniques.read more

• Fri 02 Sep - Sun 04 Sep, 2011

Timber Frame Self Build (5 days)
A series of frames will be made and erected in the practical sessions, and classroom sessions will cover the timber frame method, ecological building methods, design for low energy sustainable housing and appropriate services for low energy buildings.

After the frames... read more

• Mon 24 Oct - Fri 28 Oct, 2011

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