Building with rammed earth and chalk
Saturday 12 - Sunday 13 October 2013
All days of the course run from 9.00am - 5.30pm in Stanmer Park, Brighton.
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This hands-on course is for those who want to learn how to build with earth or chalk and should be of value to designers, too.
What will the Building with Rammed Earth and Chalk course cover?
This course will cover the basics of rammed earth and chalk, from the benefits of building with rammed earth, finding the right earth, choosing a formwork system, different construction methods, design detailing, different approaches and the various tools used. There will be a large practical component to the course, with the construction of a section of rammed earth wall.
Who is the course for?
This course is open to anyone aged 16 or over. It is for anyone thinking about building their own home and anyone interested in learning about rammed earth and chalk. It is suitable for complete beginners, as well as those who are familiar with eco-building and want to know more.
Participants will learn what needs to be considered when building with rammed earth and chalk. They will also learn how to plan and construct with this low impact material, including detailing electrical conduits.
Continuing Personal or Professional Development (CPD) accreditation is available for this course/event which is accredited by the CPD Certification Service. We can issue a certificate after you have completed the course/event. To find out more, please contact us or visit www.cpduk.co.uk.
Rowland Keable runs Ram Cast CIC, a not-for-profit consultancy which trains a range of businesses and individuals in the use of rammed earth. Rowland has worked with this building method since 1985, in Africa and Australia but mainly in the UK for the last ten years. He has also co-written two books and many articles, and published a national standard for the technology which is now under review for harmonization by 15 southern African countries.
Mischa Hewitt will be assisting Rowland. Mischa was one of the Project Managers of Earthship Brighton, the author of the book Earthships: Build a zero carbon future and has an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from the Centre for Alternative Technology. He is a building consultant and works with the green building company Earthwise Construction.
Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex), Brighton. Click here for directions to our meeting point near the church in Stanmer Park.
Click here for details of local accommodation and to find out about Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters who can provide accommodation in their homes.
Fees include tuition, handouts and refreshments.
£225 - Sponsored/organisation rate
£225 - Individual income more than 25k/yr
£180 - Individual income 18-25k/yr
£135 - Individual income less than 18k/yr
£90 - Individual, concessionary rate (please read below)
Concessionary rates are available to people in receipt of a state pension, means-tested benefits (including housing benefit, council tax benefit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or the guarantee credit part of Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit (income does not exceed £16,190) and/or Child Tax Credit), and full-time students. Please bring evidence of this to the course.
We endeavour to make our courses/events affordable to all. Unfortunately we do not receive any external funding for most of our courses/events and as such rely on large amounts of voluntary input to run courses/events.
See the cancellations and refunds policy.
Booking the Building with Rammed Earth and Chalk course
Booking is essential, as most of our courses/events are fully booked weeks in advance. However, if places are still available, then bookings can be made until midday the day before the course/event. A place is not secured until we have received the requested payment.
Please do not book unless you are able to pay for your place.
Paying for your place
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When you complete the booking process, you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you haven't received that email within the next few hours, please contact us immediately, as this email contains vital information regarding your booking.
You can pay when you book your place using a credit/debit card or PayPal, or you can tick the 'Pay later' box (in the Event Fee section), which gives you the option to pay by BACS or send us a cheque after you have booked.
If you tick the pay later box, you will have 7 days to pay for your place. Bookings that remain unpaid on our system for longer than that will expire. You will receive notification of this expiration by email. If you then decide you want to come, you will need to contact us to see if there is a still a place available for you.
If you are booking within two weeks of the course, you will not have the option to pay later. Instead, you will need to pay immediately at the point of booking using a credit card or PayPal. This will also be the only option available if the course is nearly fully booked.
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Video with Rowland Keable taken on our course