Sustainable Building Materials

Sustainable Building Materials


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Join CAT postgraduate students for an immersive week of hands-on green building

Straw bale, timber, hemp, lime, earth – get to grips with a wide range of natural, low-impact materials in one intensive week of learning. Take part in hands-on workshops, in-depth lectures and interactive discussions, learning the theory and practice of green building from world-leading experts.

Key information

  • Duration: five days
  • Upcoming dates: Mon 18th – Fri 22nd May 2020
  • Start and finish times: starts at 11am and ends at 4pm on the last day
  • Fees: waged £750; low waged / concessions £700
  • Includes: tuition, all materials, full board shared accommodation
  • What to bring: as this is a highly practical course, safety boots are required and waterproof clothing is recommended
  • Terms and Conditions:

What you will learn

Join students from CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment for an immersive week of hands-on workshops, demonstrations and lectures covering a wide range of low impact, natural building materials.

Get to grips with straw bale building, timber frames, hemp and binder, rammed earth and lime with a series of practical activities, and learn about their history, physical properties, environmental impacts and design limitations through a range of expert lectures.

Explore composite materials and pre-fabricated components, look at natural and synthetic insulation, and learn how different materials handle moisture and condensation.

This in-depth study week will give you a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice of sustainable building – and give you a taste of what it’s like to study an environmental masters degree at CAT!

Meet your tutors

This course is taught by a number of experts in sustainable building materials, including the following tutors and guest lecturers from CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment:

Tim Coleridge
Lou Halestrap
Bee Rowan
Rowland Keeble

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