Learn how to create low impact earth walls using an ancient construction method.
Flexible in design and application, rammed earth has excellent thermal mass, load bearing, fireproof and acoustic properties as well as embodying low-tech construction methods. This two day hands-on course gives a good grounding in this building method and its application around the world.
Duration: two days
Sat 9th – Sun 10th May 2020
Start and finish times: starts at 9.30am and ends at 3pm on the last day
Fees: waged £270; low waged / concessions £240
Includes: tuition, all materials, full board shared accommodation (single accommodation is available for an additional £20)
What to bring: as this is a highly practical course, safety boots are required and waterproof clothing is advised
Terms and Conditions:
you must be 18 years or over to attend our courses.
Rammed earth is an ancient and versatile building technique used around the world – you might see it used for a simple hut or a castle, a Passivhaus classroom or bespoke home. As well as having a beautiful natural aesthetic and minimal carbon dioxide emissions, rammed earth walls have excellent thermal mass, load bearing, fireproof and acoustic qualities.
During this hands-on course you will learn to build a rammed earth wall with an arched opening, corner detail or coloured highlight. The course will include evening lectures and discussions, where you will get the chance to learn more about the history and theory of rammed earth walls. You will leave the course with a sound knowledge of rammed earth and the confidence to embark on your own projects.
This course is for anyone with an interest in natural building materials and methods: architects, engineers, surveyors, contractors, students, owner builders, local authority regulators, farmers, developing economy workers and DIYers alike.
Rammed earth is in BREEAM and the National Building Specification, there’s a national standard for it in all African countries and you can get a loan to build with it in the UK from the Ecological Building Society.
Meet your tutors
The course tutor Rowland Keable began building earth structures in Sierra Leone in 1985 and has extensive experience of working across Africa and the UK.