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Workshops and Events

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Rocket Mass Heater Workshop
December 3 - 4
Peterborough, Canada

Learn how to make your own high efficiency wood heating device for your own home! A Rocket Mass Heater (RMH) is a super-efficient wood-fired heating system composed of two parts: Part One is a rocket stove, consisting of a feed tube, burn tunnel and heat riser;Part Two is the mass chimney, through which hot exhaust gases from the rocket stove are ducted into a thermal heat storage made of masonry materials like cob, stone, urbanite or brick.  All of the heat that goes up the chimney with a conventional wood stove is saved and stored in a Rocket Mass Heater.  The heated up Mass can radiate heat for up to 48hrs or longer after the fire is out. A RMH can also incorporate a cooking surface and an oven, and can be finished to become a beautiful centrepiece in a home.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Sustainability Symposium
January 9, 2017
Orlando, Florida

Bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders in the building, business, policy, and media sectors to explore intelligent solutions for a resilient future, the Sustainability Symposium holds the promise of influencing the actions and policies needed to transition to sustainable economy. The Symposium has been designed to engage participants in provocative discussions, to solicit innovative ideas and reinforce commitment to action that will lead to meaningful change.

See www.greenbuildermedia.com for more infoermation.

Thatching and Reed Collection
January 14 - 15
Oxford, Michigan

Learn the basics of thatching with reed grass.  Explore this beautiful, ecological & long-lasting roof system. Tour several thatched roof buildings, see a demo of thatching and try your hand at it, harvest  & bundle/store reed. 12 student limit. A unique weekend. One of the few classes offered in North America on Thatching !  Group discounts.

See testdsw.wordpress.com for more information

Timber Frame Construction
January 18 - January 27, 2017
Mastatal, Costa Rica

Rancho Mastatal is offering a 10 day course where participants will gain skills to build a structure utilizing the square rule method of timber framing which results in mortise and tenon joinery secured by handmade wooden pegs instead of nails.

See ranchomastatal.com for more information.

Round Pole Framing
January 21 - 22
Oxford, Michigan

Learn principles & hands-on basics of round pole framing for small structures. Tour thatched roofs & round pole structures on site, harvest wood, debark logs, practice making notches using hand tools ~ make a mallet to take home plus a small team project & design a small structure.

See testdsw.wordpress.com for more information

Rocket Stove & Fire
January 28 - 29
Oxford, Michigan

Fee Includes a copy of the new edition of the Rocket Mass Heater Book. Tour buildings & Stoves on site, Hands-on: mockup of combustion unit, mixing cob & finish plaster, make a small earth oven together. Principles of construction, code+.

See testdsw.wordpress.com for more information

Earth Plaster & Sculpting
February 5 - 6
Oxford, Michigan

 Learn the joy of natural earthen plasters that can be used in a variety of applications to beautify and naturalize your existing dwellings or future natural strawbale home or Earth Oven project ! Learn to identify, mix & apply natural local soil to create simple or artistic expressions.

See testdsw.wordpress.com for more information

Solar Electricity for the Delveloping World
March 11-19, 2017
Villas Mastatal, Costa Rica

Learn about solar electricity for the developing world in the developing world! This workshop provides an introduction to stand-alone solar-electric (PV) system design and installation, with a focus on small, rural systems. The workshop combines classroom sessions with a strong emphasis on real-world projects in the community, along with hands-on labs. You will have the opportunity to understand, design, and install lighting and cell-phone-charging systems that can dramatically improve the living conditions of the local people. This is an experiential program, with a real-world focus. Come and learn the basics of simple, stand-alone solar-electic systems for rural people by doing, sharing, and experiencing on projects in the developing world.

Topics include:
o Basics of Electricity
o Meters
o PV System Terminology & Components
o Designing for System Efficiency
o Energy Efficient Appliances
o Safe Installation
o PV Cells, Modules, & Arrays
o Series/Parallel Principles
o Solar Site Analysis
o Orientation, Tilt Angles, & Shading
o Mounting Options and Hardware Selection
o Batteries
o Controllers
o Inverters
o Wiring, Overcurrent Protection, Disconnects, & Grounding
o Technology Transfer in the Developing World

See www.renewablereality.netfor more information.

Introduction to Cob and Natural Building
April 10 - 15, 2017
Maricopa, California

Cob building combines clay sediment, sand, fiber, and water, and is hand sculpted to form walls, benches, ovens, and fireplaces. Cob building makes use of readily available, affordable, non-toxic materials to build beautiful, organic structures. 

The course is appropriate for both first-time builders and for professionals in the building trade who are interested in natural materials. In this cob workshop, we focus on the characteristics of the natural materials most commonly used in construction: clay soil, sand, and fibers. Our main focus will be cob, though we will touch on various other building techniques that utilize the same materials, including adobe block, light straw-clay, wattle and daub, and plasters. We will discuss how to find and choose appropriate soil for construction, how to create various mixes, how to attach wood to earthen walls, and how to use earthen materials to build walls, sculpt niches, shelves, and furniture.

See www.quailsprings.org for more information.

Everything Earthen
July 8 - 14
Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Experience cob and so much more. This is an in-depth overview of how to source, process, mix, and transform common earth materials into beautiful housing and art. Learn how to create walls from cob/adobe, wattle and daub, rammed earth, straw clay, wood chip clay, straw bales, and more. Learn to mix and apply plasters of cob (adobe), cement, and lime. Also discover mixing and application of earthen paints and lime paints. Hands-on instruction, lectures and slides.

See www.earthenhand.com for more information.

Youth Cob Basics
August 2 - 30
Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Math meets mud in this new course. Monolithic earthen domes have been a common form of shelter around the world for eons. They can make great root cellars or garden sheds, and can easily endure the elements with a roof. Learn to construct a small catenary dome over four weekend classes. Attend some or all weekends, but we recommend all. It's going to be technical and fun!

See www.earthenhand.com for more information.

Cob Dome Construction
August 6 - 28
Rockaway Beach, Oregon

For ages 10 - 17, and parents are welcome too. Attend any number of classes. Have fun playing with mud as a sculpture and building material. Learn something new this summer!Tuesday evenings, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

See www.earthenhand.com for more information.

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