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.
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.
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.
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
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.