Sustainable Building @ Span
Watch this space for some exciting new sustainable living and learning activities. Check Span’s website and Facebook for updated information or contact us to register your expression of interest.
Span’s Garden Shelter
The garden 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 was getting the whole community involved. Many people 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 2017, 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.
What do you wish to learn in sustainable activities
There are many activities we wish to offer at Span to learn about a sustainable lifestyle. These include food sources such as olive oil, organic food, milk and diary, vegetarian food, chemicals in the food chain, seafood, fish oils and weight loss as well as sustainable gardening and natural building. Please contact us to register an interest in any of these subjects and to discuss other sustainable activities you would like to see at Span.
Become a Relationship Builder
Do you wish to develop or retain relationships and a community feel in your street or area. Join with Span and we will work together to bring the best to our community. Contact the Manager for more information.