Sustainable Building @ Span
Come and join the sustainable building team @ Span to complete the garden shelter. Learn skills in natural building techniques using salvaged materials from a tutor with a wealth of experience.
The course will be run from Friday 7 October to 28 October from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm. Enrolments are essential.
The shelter has been designed and constructed using natural building concepts and techniques and is well on the way to being a charming little space where garden volunteers and community members can enjoy relax, or host sustainability events.
The design is round to encourage a friendly meeting and working space, with no hidden corners and seating built into the walls. Alcoves, decorative coloured bottles, book shelves and a large handcrafted window sill are some of the features which will make it a comfortable and cosy space. The shelter is accessed via the garden path, opening to the north east to allow in as much light as possible in winter, while being closed off to the afternoon sun to keep the shelter cool in summer.
Natural building design incorporates sourcing materials locally, both renewable natural resources and recycled materials, and reducing environmental disruption by minimising waste, toxic substances, industrial processes and transportation. This building is made of cob, and uses the sun’s energy and the insulative and thermal properties of simple raw materials such as rocks, sand, clay and straw.
The best part of natural building is getting the whole community involved. Many people have donated time, energy and materials to support this project. Preparations of the foundations were carried out by volunteers and a six day Natural Building workshop was held during April, where participants learned about Natural Building techniques and design concepts and constructed the bulk of the earthen walls. Natural building can be very accessible as many of the skills required are easy to learn.
Introduction to Natural Building
- What is Natural Building?
- Introduction and tour of the new community garden shelter’s construction.
- Find out the techniques and design elements.
Perri Campbell is a local natural builder and furniture maker. Who is passionate about resourcefulness, using hand tools and keeping the old trades alive. Accessibility and thoughtful engagement with the natural environment are central to Perri’s creative work and teaching ethos, with a strong emphasis on utilising and scavenging natural and re-purposed materials and using people-power over fossil fuels.
Sunday 12 February 10.30am – 12.00pm
Bookings essential – limited spaces available. Free