Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Evaluation

Introduction to indigenous earth building traditions and techniques EB1

10 – 11 May 2018
Charlestown Workshops, Fife

This new 2 day course compliments our existing range of courses for the repair, conservation and maintenance of traditional buildings and bridges a knowledge and experience gap required for the effective repair, conservation and maintenance of earth constructed buildings which unknowingly abound our landscape in Scotland. Scotland has a rich but largely forgotten heritage of earth buildings which is slowly gaining recognition through recent projects and publications. There is also a global revival for earth and natural materials in eco-construction.
Becky Little (Rebearth Ltd) and Tom Morton (Arc Architects) have over 25 years’ of experience working with both earth here and abroad and they will share their knowledge across a range of disciplines, including sourcing and testing materials, mixing and making samples, building and repairing structures and applying finishes.
By the end of this workshop course attendees will be able to recognise earth and clay built structures and buildings and will gain an understanding of earth materials science, construction methods and the conservation requirements for their effective repair. Click here to download a PDF copy of the course description.

 Course suitability

This course is aimed at those who work with, own or are responsible for traditional buildings and is suitable for building and heritage professionals, self builders, building contractors and homeowners who have an interest in our rich built heritage and those considering a renovation, conversion or new build project using traditional earth based materials and techniques.
Learning outcomes:

Ability to recognise and understand the role of earth materials in vernacular construction;

Understanding of analysis techniques appropriate for earth based materials and how to reproduce them;

Ability to create repair strategies for the repair, maintenance and conservation of earth buildings;

Understanding of mixing, application and curing of earth based materials for both historic and new build work.
Course programme
Day 1

The first day will focus on case studies and scientific understanding with talks and demonstrations

  • Health and safety
  • Earth building traditions in Scotland and beyond
  • Earth, the ultimate green building material – new developments
  • How do earth buildings work?
  • Practical demonstrations and experiments illustrating the science behind earth building
  • Sourcing earth materials, testing and analysis
  • Recognising and repairing earth fabric

 Day 2
Practical taster sessions in:

  • Earth mortars
  • Mudwall (cob) and mud brick construction
  • Daub (on framework panels)
  • Light earth utilising clay and hemp fibres
  • Clay plasters

To include all mixing, sample making, application and repair techniques.

To book a place on any of this course, please click here, emailadmin@scotlime.org or call us on 01383 872722.

Rubble Wall Building course

20 – 21 March 2018
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife

This practical two day course will equip you to set out, construct and finish a traditional rubble wall using a variety of building stones and traditional lime mortars. The importance of laying the stones correctly and the use of pinning stones will be emphasised so that no more than 30% of the volume of the wall is mortar!

The content of this workshop provides part of the underpinning knowledge required for assessment and accreditation of SQA National Unit 3 – ‘Conservation Masonry’.

Course suitability

This practical course is aimed at masonry contractors and those undertaking repair works to traditional masonry structures. You should be reasonably fit and able to lift 25kg safely. We are always happy to help learners choose the right course. Please click here to contact us or telephone 01383 872722 if you would like to discuss which course is suitable for you or your employees.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the construction of mass walls;
  • Understanding traditional building technology;
  • Understanding the importance of laying masonry units correctly with pinning stones to effect sound and weatherproof wall construction;
  • Understanding the range of binders, sands and aggregates for making traditional mortars including ‘hot’ lime mortars;
  • Ability to undertake accurate mixing of mortars for repeatability and cost effective work;
  • Understanding the setting characteristics of lime mortars
To book a place on this course, please click here, emailadmin@Scotlime.org or call us on 01383 872722.

 

Culture in Crisis: Spotlight on the WMF Syrian Stonemasonry Training Programme

6 March 2018
London

The project, sponsored by the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, has been live since September 2017 in Mafraq, Jordan – twelve miles from the Syrian border – working to provide a group of Syrian refugees and Jordanian citizens with traditional stonemasonry skills to become the craftspeople and conservators of the future; directly helping to repair conflict-affected heritage sites in the Middle East.

The project was conceived with the intention of addressing three major issues; to provide support and practical training for refugees scattered across the Middle East, to increase the number of people in the region who have specialist skills which can be used during periods of conservation and reconstruction and, as an outcome, to preserve and protect the extraordinary monumental heritage of Iraq and Syria.

The event will be an opportunity to take stock of the progress made so far as well as highlighting the project’s future ambitions; including short talks, videos of work to date and a Q&A with the team who join us in London from the Mafraq centre in Jordan.

Speakers include; Tony Steel (the project’s Master Mason), Nour Al Shdaifat (Architectural Engineer) and Bara’a Al Falah (Local Project Manager), as well as John Darlington (Executive Director of World Monuments Fund Britain). The evening will be hosted by Vernon Rapley (Director of Cultural Property Protection and Security, V&A).

Following the event, there will be a reception in the Sackler Centre Lobby from 8pm to 9pm.

This event is part of the V&A’s Culture in Crisis Programme, in collaboration with the World Monuments Fund

Tickets are free and include refreshments

Book here (Booking is essential as capacity is limited)

Maintaining Traditional Buildings

23 March 2018 
Charlestown Workshops, Fife 

The seminar provides the perfect starting point if you are considering undertaking some simple repairs yourself or will enable you to speak your builder’s language and be confident that you are being given the correct advice.

This seminar will outline the maintenance that traditional buildings require and attendees will gain an understanding of traditional building techniques and the correct materials to use when undertaking repairs. This will also be an excellent opportunity to speak to the Scottish Lime Centre Trust’s expert tutors about your project, attendees are welcome to bring along photos and mortar samples for some specific advice.

Course Outline
Introduction to traditional buildings;
Damp – problems and solutions;
Masonry repairs;
Roofs and general maintenance;
Sash and case windows;
Timber decay & repair;
Harls and renders;
Limewash and traditional paint

To book a place on this course, please click here, visit our website www.scotlime.org, email admin@scotlime.org or call on 01383 872722.

 

Introduction to indigenous earth building traditions and techniques EB1

10 – 11 May 2018
 Charlestown Workshops, Fife

This new 2 day course compliments our existing range of courses for the repair, conservation and maintenance of traditional buildings and bridges a knowledge and experience gap required for the effective repair, conservation and maintenance of earth constructed buildings which unknowingly abound our landscape in Scotland. Scotland has a rich but largely forgotten heritage of earth buildings which is slowly gaining recognition through recent projects and publications. There is also a global revival for earth and natural materials in eco-construction.
Becky Little (Rebearth Ltd) and Tom Morton (Arc Architects) have over 25 years’ of experience working with both earth here and abroad and they will share their knowledge across a range of disciplines, including sourcing and testing materials, mixing and making samples, building and repairing structures and applying finishes.
By the end of this workshop course attendees will be able to recognise earth and clay built structures and buildings and will gain an understanding of earth materials science, construction methods and the conservation requirements for their effective repair. Click here to download a PDF copy of the course description.

 

Course suitability

This course is aimed at those who work with, own or are responsible for traditional buildings and is suitable for building and heritage professionals, self builders, building contractors and homeowners who have an interest in our rich built heritage and those considering a renovation, conversion or new build project using traditional earth based materials and techniques.
Learning outcomes:

Ability to recognise and understand the role of earth materials in vernacular construction;

Understanding of analysis techniques appropriate for earth based materials and how to reproduce them;

Ability to create repair strategies for the repair, maintenance and conservation of earth buildings;

Understanding of mixing, application and curing of earth based materials for both historic and new build work.
Course programme
Day 1

The first day will focus on case studies and scientific understanding with talks and demonstrations

Health and safety

Earth building traditions in Scotland and beyond

Earth, the ultimate green building material – new developments

How do earth buildings work?

Practical demonstrations and experiments illustrating the science behind earth building

Sourcing earth materials, testing and analysis

Recognising and repairing earth fabric

 

Day 2
Practical taster sessions in:

Earth mortars

Mudwall (cob) and mud brick construction

Daub (on framework panels)

Light earth utilising clay and hemp fibres

Clay plasters

To include all mixing, sample making, application and repair techniques.

To book a place on any of this course, please click here, emailadmin@scotlime.org or call us on 01383 872722.