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

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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