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WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
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NATURAL BUILDING SCHOOL
July 26 - September 19
Asheville, NC

An 8-week program with top notch instructors based in Asheville, NC. Starting with the NBX (see above), you will go on to deepen your understanding of how to design and create strong building systems, plus receive closely-guided, hands-on instruction through projects, workshops, classes, presentations and field trips. The NBS is for people who want to make a life (or a significant building project) using clay, sand, straw and wood. You will also learn about some new and salvaged modern/conventional materials.

See www.ashevillage.org for more information.

Insulated Rammed Earth Workshop
September 15 - 20; 22 - 27
Salt Spring Island, BC

Learn to build high quality insulated rammed earth walls like a pro. You will learn:

Foundation construction
Material Selection
Mix quality control
Forming
Installation of electrical boxes and conduits
Insulated rammed earth methods
Wall and sample testing
Curing & sealing walls
Skid steer operation basics (Bobcat)

Taught by Clifton Schooley, a highly experienced RE builder

See rammedearth.info for more information.

Earthbag Dome Building
October 1 - 9
Negril, Jamaica

Our budding ecovillage in Negril, Jamaica is the location for this course, where there are already two partially completed Earthbag buildings. You will learn skills needed to plan and finish your own buildings out of earth, rocks, and wood. Learn the art of masonry dome building with Hyperadobe Earthbags. We will construct an 8 ft earthbag dome in this course. Study concepts of bio-architecture like whole-systems design, water, power, thermal mass climate control, and passive solar heat collection. Practice simple drawing methods to help you design structures with these features. Experience finishing techniques like earthen plasters, cement, and lime. Your tuition gets you: Lectures, hands-on instruction, tour of the area, ground transport, meals, and camping. Enjoy seeing a slice of Jamaica on a couple incredible field trips. We will visit beautiful swimming and diving location on the seaboard, swimming spots along streams, and pass through nearby farms and towns. Permaculture and alternative technology topics will also be highlighted. Mostly a hands-on course, also including slideshows, lectures, and fun field trips.

See www.earthenhand.com for more information.

Earthbag Dome Building Course
October 11 - 19
India


During these 7 days, we are going to build an earthbag dome from start to finish. This workshop will cover all aspects of dome construction. Earthbag building is also known as flexible-formed-earth and superadobe.
See www.evolotecture.com.

Volunteer on Earthbag build in Nepal
Foundation stage
November, 2014

We are a New Zealand registered charity providing quality early childhood and school support projects in rural Nepal. Our projects have been so successful that we now want to offer training to as many teachers as possible. Therefore, we are constructing an earth bag build Teacher Training Centre in our project area, 3 hours north of Kathmandu in 2014/15. Fundraising is well under way for the project and we hope to be able to start on schedule.

We are looking for volunteers interested in getting involved in this very special project. We require volunteers with the following experience: Experienced earth bag builders especially people who have constructed in Asia before; Keen volunteers with some knowledge of earth bag building.

For more information see www.greatadventures-nepal.com or email Lauren Palliser: greatadventuresATfirststepshimalaya.org

Hempcrete Workshop
November 1 - 2

Peterborough, ON, Canada

Endeavour is very excited to be hosting Tom Woolley, one of the pioneers of hemp lime construction in the UK and Europe for this hands-on workshop about hemp lime (or hempcrete) construction. The workshop will consist of short talks on the theory and practice of building with hemp, exploring its use with timber frame construction, casting and spraying walls, its use as a renovation solution, for floors, roofs and other possibilities. Tom will bring some films of hemp construction and details of resources such as books, web sites and other information. Participants will build some panels of hemp walling to get hands on experience of mixing materials, casting and finishing .

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Earthen Paints
November 8, 2014
Portland, Oregon

Whether you are just curious, or you want to paint the inside of your whole house, or just want to make your own paints for art, this is a great topic to learn about. Earthen paints come in a huge variety of colors, are non-toxic, durable, inexpensive, and easy to apply! Join us for this one day tutorial on how to make, apply, and store your own earth paints.

See www.earthenhand.com for more information.

Earth Architecture
November 8 - January 24
Ghana, Africa

Immersion in local vernacular architecture and culture of the Ashanti Region. Learn how to use local methods and materials, learninjg from vernacular architecture and traditional practices. Participate and build, experiencing and learning from local knowledge.

See noctdesignspace.com for more information.

Earthbag Dome Building Course
January 4 - 12, 2015
India


During these 7 days, we are going to build an earthbag dome from start to finish. This workshop will cover all aspects of Dome construction. Earthbag Building is also known as flexible-formed-earth and superadobe.
See www.evolotecture.com.

Volunteer on Earthbag build in Nepal
Construction Phase
February - March, 2015

We are a New Zealand registered charity providing quality early childhood and school support projects in rural Nepal. Our projects have been so successful that we now want to offer training to as many teachers as possible. Therefore, we are constructing an earth bag build Teacher Training Centre in our project area, 3 hours north of Kathmandu in 2014/15. Fundraising is well under way for the project and we hope to be able to start on schedule.

We are looking for volunteers interested in getting involved in this very special project. We require volunteers with the following experience: Experienced earth bag builders especially people who have constructed in Asia before; Keen volunteers with some knowledge of earth bag building.

For more information see www.greatadventures-nepal.com or email Lauren Palliser: greatadventuresATfirststepshimalaya.org

Earthbag Ecovillage
April 20 - 30, 2015
Negril, Jamaica

Our budding ecovillage is the location for this course, where there are already several mostly completed Earthbag buildings. You will learn the skills needed to plan and finish your own buildings out of earth, rocks, and wood. Learn the art of masonry dome building with Earthbags. We will construct an 8 ft earthbag dome in this course. Study concepts of bio-architecture like whole-systems design, water, power, thermal mass climate control, and passive solar heat collection. Practice drawing methods to help you design structures with these features. Experience finishing techniques in earthen plaster, cement, and lime. Your tuition gets you: Lectures, hands-on instruction, tour of the area, ground transport, meals, and camping. Enjoy seeing a slice of Jamaica on a couple incredible field trips. We will visit beautiful swimming and diving location on the seaboard, swimming spots along streams, and pass through nearby farms and towns. Permaculture and alternative technology topics will also be highlighted. Mostly a hands-on course, also including slideshows, lectures, and fun field trips.

See www.earthenhand.com for more information.

The Regenerative Home
May 16 - 23, 2015
La Garita, Colorado

This is a special workshop that will give you an inside view into the making of this futuristic home from it's inception. We will focus on systems primarily, such as grey/blackwater usage, indoor and vertical food gardening, masonry heaters, off grid electrical and plumbing, rainwater catchment, and more. We will also cover other topics like how to build with earthen materials, designing woodless architecture, passive annual heat storage, passive solar construction, off grid construction, and permaculture site planning. Shared meals and camping by a beautiful stream. Stay tuned for our indiegogo fundraiser that will help complete the prototype!

See www.earthenhand.com for more information.

Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren, VT has ongoing natural building courses throughout the year. All classes can be found at: www.yestermorrow.org Here are some recurrent shorter classes:

Timberframing (6 Days)

Students will learn the fundamentals of designing and constructing a timberframe using mortise and tenon joinery. Layout techniques, tool use and sharpening, and joinery cutting methods are taught as we work on a small timberframe project. We will also touch on frame design, joinery choices, and integration of frame and house design. This course will focus on traditional hand-cut joinery and tools and will also demonstrate some of the power tools used by modern timberframers.

Natural Paints and Finishes (2 Days)

This course will teach you how to create and apply beautiful hand finished plasters and paints on many wall surfaces. The course will cover at a basic level three principle plaster and paint mediums: clay, lime, and gypsum, and finish with plaster coats, paints, and washes of clay, lime, casein, wheat paste, mica, pigments, and other natural ingredients. Emphasis will be given on learning the working properties of the materials and developing critical thinking skills to apply the knowledge in real-world situations, rather than on specific recipes for specific conditions.

Natural Design/Build (12 Days)

This course provides students with a comprehensive exploration of all facets of creating an energy efficient, climate-specific natural structure. In the studio, students will develop a comprehensive design of a project through the creation of drawings of elevations, sections, plans, and scale models. In the shop, students will build a variety of insulative wall systems, examining critical details such as doors and windows, wall to roof connections, air sealing, framing options, plastering, and much more. Topics include straw bale construction, fiber-clay infill and other natural wall systems, clay and lime plasters, natural roof options, alternative foundations, water and energy conservation systems, permaculture and building-site relationships, and social and cultural contexts.

Strawbale Design/Build (5 Days)

Have you always wondered about strawbale construction? Heard it is only for hot and dry climates? Think again! With their combination of insulation and thermal mass, plastered strawbale walls can be perfect for cold - and even wet - climates if they are designed and built according to a set of time tested principles. This course balances sessions in the classroom and on a demonstration project so you will learn to think your way through a bale house while gaining a feel for the nature of straw, clay and lime as building materials.

Solar Energy International provides hands-on training on many aspects of solar electric installations and natural building. Visit  www.solarenergy.org to see what they offer.

Classes and Workshops offered by Eco Versity

The EcoVersity was founded in 1999 by a launch team of educators, ecologists, anthropologists, and activists who gathered to design a school for students seeking innovative and practical approaches to learning from the land. In 2001 the school acquired 13 acres for a campus, centrally located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and began offering Spring, Summer and Fall continuing education programs. Check www.ecoversity.org for more information.

bluerockstation.com of Ohio sponsors many wonderful workshops related to skills for building earthships.
cobworkshops.org lists many workshops featuring cob in North America.
lowimpact.org the Low-Impact Linging Initiative in England provides information and courses related to such topics as: eco-paints, lime, rammed earth building, strawbale building, solar electricity, solar hot water, wind generators, wood stoves, beekeeping, poultry, organic gardening, wild food, compost toilets, rain water harvesting, biodiesel, etc.
concise-courses.com lists energy conferences around the world that relate to Green Building, HERS, BPI, LEED and RESNET.

 

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