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WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
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Summer Long Rammed Earth Workshop
Christopher Lake Saskatchewan, Canada

We are building a passive solar rammed earth home 1/2hr north of Prince Albert. Rammed Earth is for everyone, this is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in learning the technical aspects of building a structure that will stand for hundreds of years. We are building all summer long, every other week we are forming and ramming due to my work rotation. Here is what we have accomplished so far: skrammedearth.blogspot.ca

Contact Paul Burton for more information: pkb-burtonAThotmail.com

The Ladakh People's Alternative University
Summer School Module II: Passive Solar Design

August 1 - 14
Ladakh, India

Understanding comfort & well-being, climate responsive planning, applying strategies at multiple scales of the built environment, designing, simulating and calculating for comfort. etc.

Please visit www.secmol.org and www.soarhub.in to know more. Please send us a note about yourself along with your contact details and the module that you wish to apply for, at soar.hubATgmail.com by the 10th of June, 2015.

Earth Floors Workshop
August 8 - 9
Petersborough, ON, Canada

An earthen floor can be beautiful, durable and a joy to walk on! It is also the most sustainable flooring option available. During the workshop, participants will learn how to create an earthen floor mix from site soils and natural ingredients. We’ll look at how to test soils for suitability in floors, and how to amend soils to make a good mix for floors. We’ll lay and trowel out a full floor, and learn techniques for getting the desired surface characteristics.

Find out about how to prepare a variety of floor substrates for an earthen floor and natural finishing options for earthen floors. Maintenance and repair issues will also be addressed.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

SUPERADOBE EARTH DOME WORKSHOP
August 24 - 30
Felizzano, Italy

We will build a 1.8 m (internal diameter) earth dome with a door opening and a window. The purpose of the workshop is to give the theoretical and practical tools useful to selfbuild a small earth structure or living space. The workshop teaches how to apply the superadobe technique for a dome constrution. The teacher, Davide Frasca, was trained at the Cal-Earth Institute and at the Aurovile Earth Institute; he teaches earth buildings and runs projects in Europe and Africa.

For the details of the workshop: www.videterra.org

Cordwood Masonry Workshop
September 4 - 6
Earthwood Building School, West Chazy, New York

Morning sessions include cordwood theory, slide presentations, explanatory tours, and discussion of the three styles of cordwood construction: built-up corners (stackwall), round houses, and cordwood as infilling within a post-and-beam framework. The kinds of wood and how long to dry them is covered, as well as various alternative mortar mixes. Installing doors and windows is detailed, as is cordwood masonry “special effects.” Afternoons are reserved for practical, hands-on work sessions. The project for 2015  is cordwood infilling within a timber frame building near Earthwood.  The third afternoon affords an opportunity for students to consult with Rob Roy about their plans, while Jaki maintains order on the work site. Lunches provided. Couples $680, Single $420. Textbook (included):  Cordwood Building
For more information, and to register, see   www.cordwoodmasonry.com 

Earthbag Building Workshop
September 5
Petersborough, ON, Canada

Learn how to make a low-cost, low-impact, durable earthbag foundation for any type of building, from small shed to full-sized home! Earthbag building is a low-tech solution to making foundations (or entire buildings) using basic materials and simple tools. Drawing on the age-old technique of rammed earth building, earthbag uses woven sack material to provide a ready-made, leave-in-place formwork for containing rammed earth mixtures. Earthbag construction can often use site soils as the basis for the rammed earth mix, or local gravel, sand, clay (or other binders) can be used.

In this workshop you will learn how to source the materials for earthbag building, how to test soils for suitability, how to create a suitable rammed earth mix, and how to layout, fill and tamp earthbags to create a stable, level foundation structure. The workshop will also examine how earthbag can be mated with a variety of different conventionl and alternative wall systems. Engineering and code approvals will also be covered.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Earthwood Techniques
September 7
Earthwood Building School, West Chazy, New York

Low-cost foundations and earth-sheltering methods used at the Earthwood house are emphasized, accenting surface bonded wall construction and plank-and-beam roofing. The five elements that affect load calculations are discussed. Alternative foundations, drainage and waterproofing, insulation, structural considerations and the masonry stove are all covered. An explanatory tour of the Earthwood house is included, as well as a step-by-step slide presentation documenting the construction of Earthwood from floating slab foundation to living roof. This is a very full day, consisting of mostly classroom instruction. Lunch and textbook included: Earth-Sheltered Houses. Couple $250, Single $150.
For more information, and to register, see   www.cordwoodmasonry.com 

Straw Bale Building Workshop
September 25 - 27
Petersborough, ON Canada

Straw bale building continues to be one of the key sustainable building technologies, where high environmental performance meets code-ready and accessible technology. Straw bales can create beautiful, energy-efficient homes that are light on the environment.

This two-day workshop is taught by two leading practitioners of straw bale building in Ontario, and is aimed at giving participants a practical and up-to-date introduction to building with straw bales.

Over the three days, participants will learn about straw and how to find and select bales; different ways of using straw bales and incorporating them into different framing systems; how to properly detail a straw bale wall to be air tight and energy efficient; plaster preparation; plaster recipes for various types of plaster, and; hands-on plastering.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Earthbag Dome Building Workshop
Sept. 28 - Oct. 24
Concho, AZ

Come join United Earth Builders in Concho, AZ for a four-week workshop in which you will participate in building a 12 diameter dome from start to finish. We will be focusing on foundations, earthbag/superadobe applications and climate-appropriate design, dome geometry, form-building, door and window installation, and plaster work. We expect to complete the construction of this simple dome home under the supervision and guidance of experienced earthbuilders and educators Fox and Yahmes. Participants in this course will be led through a series of intellectual, cognitive, and physical exercises that seek to strengthen mind-body connections to the technical and creative processes underlying the art and skill of earthbag design and construction. From instruction that includes lectures, slideshows, Q&A, and tons of hands-on activity, attendees will complete this course with confidence in the building process and a renewed sense of community and teamwork through building with earth and with each other.

See www.unitedearthbuilders.com for more information.

Plastering for Straw Bale Construction
Oct 3 - 4
Prtersborough, ON, Canada

Straw bale walls are unlike any other wall type when it comes to plastering. The unique substrate of undulating straw combined with the many important roles the plaster plays in a straw bale wall system (it is structure, weather-proofing, air sealing and aesthetic finish all in one!) means that plastering straw bale walls is a skill all unto itself.

This workshop will focus on Endeavour’s unique two-part, one-coat system of plastering. Over many years of development, we’ve refined this technique to allow the full depth of plaster to be applied to bale wall at one time. Using a high clay content and a high chopped straw content, this style of plastering combines strength, simplicity and user-friendliness. This system can be used to create the final finish on a wall, or have a final skim coat finish applied over top.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

5th International Hemp Building Symposium
6 - 7 October
Germany

The IHBA is proud to announce the 5th gathering of International Hemp Building experts will be held in the Uckermark region of Germany to the North of Berlin. The venue is the Schlusshof situated in a rural location, 1.30 hour from Berlin. The two days of activity will include presentations of academic thesis, case studies and new material development. As part of the Symposium there will also be an educational visit to the Hanffaser factory to actually see Hemp building materials being processed and uses demonstrated. The Symposium language will be English. This years accommodation is in the Schlusshof venue, where the Symposium is being held and along with the evening meal is included in the delegate fee.

Registration is now open. For more information and to register view the IHBA Event Page. Or email Steve for more info: steveAThempbuilding.com

Natural Building Colloquium
October 18 - 25
Kingston, New Mexico

The gathering will be held in the comfortable and casual surroundings of the Black Range Lodge, the site of the first Natural Building Colloquium in 1995. Twenty years down the line, we want to gather again to celebrate and reflect on what we have created together: a coherent philosophy of low-impact building that is radiating around the world. The NBC20 organizing team includes Ianto Evans, Michael Smith, Catherine Wanek, Susan Klinker & Derek Roff. The fiscal sponsor is the non-profit Builders Without Borders, which was founded at the Lodge in 1999. We're very pleased that so many of our movement's veteran leaders will be present, along with outstanding newer practitioners. This will be a time for all of us to share current knowledge of best practices, new technologies, and recent success stories, as well as our deepening knowledge of the traditional building systems that inspire us. The Colloquium will also include opportunities for hands-on participation in a number of building and demonstration projects.

Early Bird Colloquium Fee is $500, which includes healthy home-cooked meals for 7 days and participation in all scheduled events. Spouses are welcome to join in at a discounted rate of $300 and older children at $200 per person. We are happy to include children under 10 years for free. (We will not provide organized child care, but will encourage and assist parents in organizing age-appropriate activities.) The fee may be reduced for for presenters and those traveling from other countries, on an as-needed basis. A deposit of $200 is requested with your registration; make checks payable to Builders Without Borders, 119 Kingston Main Street, Kingston, New Mexico, 88042. (You can also send your registration form by snail mail to that address.) For your convenience, BWB can accommodate payment of NBC registrations by credit card (please add 3% to cover the fees). Please reply no later than June 1st, 2015. Early Bird Fee applies only to those who's deposit is received by June 1st, and will raise to the regular rate of $600 after June 1st.

Please submit this registration form online through google docs if possible, or if you have difficulty for any reason, you can email directly to Susan Klinker <suzklinkATgmail.com>, or call or text Susan at 801-509-1972 with questions.

Earthbag Dome Building Workshop
Rebuilding Homes of Earthquake Victims

October 25- November 14
In Ghyampesal, Gorkha District, Nepal

In the wake of the recent earthquakes in Nepal, there is great need for the rebuilding of houses and schools using earthquake resilient techniques. This fall, Woven Earth Foundation will be hosting a service-learning workshop on Superadobe (earthbag) construction. During this workshop we will rebuild 2-3 homes in a highly effected area of Gorkha District, involving the local people who are interested in learning this technique. Course will give a solid foundation of theory and practice in Earthbag building and will include various other lessons in Permaculture Design.

See www.permacultourism.com for more information.

Design Your Own Sustainable Home
October 31 - November 1
Peterboraugh. ON, Canada

The dream of designing and building one’s own home is one of the most deeply held desires in our culture. The dream of designing and building a sustainable home marries that desire with a wish to live lightly (and affordably!) on the planet. However, many questions face the prospective owner-builder setting out on this journey. To design yourself or hire a designer? To build yourself, or hire builders for different phases? How to choose from a myriad of competing natural building materials? How to choose heating options, water and waste options, electricity options? How to manage budgets and timelines? How to choose a piece of land? This workshop will explore all of these questions in an in-depth way.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Tadelakt Plaster for Beginners
November 7
Peterborough, ON, Canada

Tadelakt is a natural plaster method that originated in Morocco and is the only type of natural plaster that is inherently waterproof, making it ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, showers, tubs and sinks. It is a beautiful plaster with an unequalled shiny finish and variegated colouring that is pleasing to the eye and to the touch.

This one-day introduction to tadelakt plastering will help beginners understand the materials and the techniques for making and applying tadelakt plaster. The workshop will show you how to source the materials required to make your own tadelakt mix, and how to make the mix and tint it.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Renewable Energy Workshop
November 28
Petersborough, ON, Canada

It is a widely held dream of many people to live a life powered by renewable energy. But it can be difficult to know how best to proceed with making this dream a reality. This workshop is the perfect introduction to the world of renewable energy, designed to help you figure out the best path to finding yourself living a renewable energy lifestyle. Instructor Sean Flanagan has been designing and installing renewable energy systems for over a decade, and unlike many renewable energy teachers he lives off-grid himself, giving him an intimate knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. The workshop covers all aspects of renewable energy.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Hempcrete Workshop
November 29
Petersborough, ON, Canada

Come and discover how a simple mix of natural materials can create a remarkable thermal insulation! Hempcrete (or hemp-lime) construction uses chopped hemp hurd (the woody core of the hemp plant) mixed with hydraulic lime to create an insulation material with excellent thermal, moisture-handling and structural properties.

In this workshop, participants will learn about the components of hempcrete, see a slideshow of various Canadian and international hempcrete building projects, and gain an understanding of how, why and where hempcrete is an appropriate material choice. In the classroom, we will look at the costs, sourcing and building science of using hempcrete on new building projects and renovations.

In the hands-on component of the workshop, participants will learn how to assess the necessary materials and create a mix that is appropriate for a desired end use. We will use mixing machinery to create batches of hempcrete, and learn how to place them in a wall, floor and/or roof. Different types of framing and shuttering (or forming) systems will be shown, and every participant will leave with a hempcrete block they cast themselves.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Making and Applying YOur Own Natural Finish Plasters
December 5 - 6
Petersborough, ON, Canada

You can make your own natural finish plasters to bring the beauty and benefits of natural building to any home, whether renovating a single room or building a new home. These homemade clay and lime plasters can be applied on any typical wall surface, including drywall (painted or new) and plasters or masonry of all kinds. The plasters are made from easily obtainable, affordable natural materials and can be mixed and applied at home in a vast range of colours and textures.

Natural clay or lime plasters add a dimension to a room unobtainable with any other finish. In addition to their inherent beauty, they are non-toxic and can help regulate humidity in a room. They are durable and repairable and the best way to make your home a more natural, warmer and healthier place.

In this workshop, you will learn how to source the required materials, prepare wall surfaces for plastering, mix and tint plasters and apply to wall surfaces. During the workshop, you will create a series of sample boards in the colours of your choice to take home to help make plaster choices for your own home/project.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

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