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May
23-24

Recycled tire roofing For more details follow the links and/or contact Rose at: redweed@telus.net

Mud Girls
Nanaimo, BC,
Canada
$125
USD
       
  Courses you've missed in 2008 but they are keep here so that you can browse around the various organisations    
       
June
14
Introduction to the Art of Thatching - Thatching is an ancient & modern roofing technique. Learn about this artful roofing system, which is practical, waterproof, beautiful, insulating & long lasting ~ made with natural, locally harvested reed.

Strawbale Studio
Oxford, MI, USA


$30
USD
June
16-18
Thatching Workshop - Learn a full range of basic thatching skills in this week-long workshop on beautiful wooded and rural land one hour north of Detroit. Come together with other folks interested in sustainability, and help create a beautiful, all natural roof made from local reed. By the end of the week you will have been exposed to the skills needed to thatch your own simple roof.

Strawbale Studio
Oxford, MI, USA


$475
USD
June
28-29
Building and planting living roofsDiscover the benefits of building a beautiful living roof for a cob animal shelter during a weekend connecting with the earth at a beautiful rural location nestled in Dartmoor National Park.

Earthedworld
Broadhembury, East Devon, UK

£40-50
July 19-20 Design & Build a Living Roof - A living roof provides energy saving insulation, stormwater drainage and management, aesthetic appeal, food production, and improved air quality. If you are a landscape architect, planner, contractor, horticulturist, or savvy homeowner wanting to install a living roof on an existing building, this workshop is for you.

Solarliving
Hopland, CA, USA
$190
Sept 6 Roofing - Whether you have a straw-bale house, a rammed earth house or a conventional building - you're going to need a roof! This course is for you if you are considering building a new roof, or just repairing or insulating an existing one. Whether you are employing a builder or doing the work yourself, it will help you to understand more about how a house works. This course is run by Richard Jordan of Amber Roofing

LILI
Heeley City Farm, Sheffield, UK

£60
Sept 27 Making & hanging roof shingles - It is a practical course; participants will be making roof shingles from logs, and hanging them on a demonstration wall. Roof shingles provide a hard-wearing roof made from natural, local materials. Wooden shingles represent probably the lowest embodied-energy roofing system - you just need to fell a tree and split shingles from it! This course is run by Jasper Prachek of the Working Woodlands Trust.

LILI
Ecclesall Woods Sawmill, Sheffield, UK

£60
Oct
10-12
Living roofs - This course will look at the why, how and what of living roofs and living roof installation. There is growing interest in the use of green roofs on buildings, and also a growing number of people who wish to do part or all of the installation themselves, with the least possible impact on the environment (in terms of materials) and of course on the pocket. The course will be run by John Little of The Grass Roof Company, and Dusty Gedge of livingroofs.org and the Green Roof Consultancy

LILI
Unstone Grange, nr. Sheffield, UK

£130-190
Nov 8
Living roofs - This course will look at the why, how and what of living roofs and living roof installation. There is growing interest in the use of green roofs on buildings, and also a growing number of people who wish to do part or all of the installation themselves, with the least possible impact on the environment (in terms of materials) and of course on the pocket. The course will be run by John Little of The Grass Roof Company, and Dusty Gedge of livingroofs.org and the Green Roof Consultancy

LILI
Redfield Community, Bucks, UK

£60
       
  Courses you've missed in 2007 but they are keep here so that you can browse around the various organisations    
       
March
3

Shingle Making - With Darren Hammerton

For details telephone 01730 823 166 or email courses@earthworks-trust.com

Dorset Centre for Rural Skills
Sustainability Centre, East Meon, Hants,
UK

£56
March 14
Wood Shingles - This One Day course will look at the options and techniques for roofing and cladding buildings with wood. Timber is entirely renewable, good to work with and can be energy efficient and economic. You will also explore the qualities and properties of timber and consider the advantages and drawbacks.
Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust Gaia Centre, Delabole, Cornwall, UK

£60
May 11

Introduction to Scantle Slating - This course will cover marking out, making a scantle, making and fitting pegs, cuting roof slates and laying with lime mortar.

Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust
Trelowarren Estate Helston, Cornwall, UK
£60
May 16 Introduction to Green Roofs - This seminar will answer these questions and MORE! What benefits does installing a green roof have on a building? Do green roofs help the environment? What types of plants survive on a green roof? How do you maintain green roofs? How much does a green roof cost? What soil is used on a green roof? Are there green roofs in the area? If so, where are they? What are intensive and extensive green roofs? What are some design differences between them? Is there a market for green roofs in North America? Where can I learn more about green roofs?

Green Building Institute
7761 Waterloo Rd, Jessup, Maryland,
USA


$43
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Apr 16
July
15-20
Green Roof Design and Installation - First, we will look at precedents through published case studies and visiting a few regional examples. In the second part of the course will review the technical components and the layering of the two green roof systems. In the final part of the course, we will construct a green roof as the topper to a 150-200 square foot building, and then plant it with our selected vegetation.

Yestermorrow
Warren, Vermont, USA

$750
USD
July 25 Living Roof Systems - Part of a series of one-day workshops included in the Natural Building Components module of our Natural Building School.

The Rockies
Kimberley, British Columbia, Canada

$79
CND

       
  Courses you've missed in 2006 but they are keep here so that you can browse around the various organisations    
       
April
7-16
Bioconstruction - Living Roof workshop for a Strawbale House (Ismael Caballero); Reciprocal Roof Workshop for the Water House (Ismael Caballero); Multimedia presentation of EcoVillages and GEN (María Vázquez) and other well being seminars. Course given in Spanish.

Contact elmolino@ecotopia.es

Casas de paja
Spain
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April
27-28

Thatch - A three-day hands-on introduction to thatch.

Contact: Pauline Turner, Historic Buildings and Conservation, Essex Council
tel 01245 437672 Fax 01245 437213 email pauline.turner@essexcc.gov.uk

Cressing Temple Barns, nr Witham, Essex. UK

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April
28-30
Roofing - Whether you have a straw-bale house, a rammed earth house or a conventional building - you're going to need a roof! This course is for you if you are considering building a new roof, or just repairing or insulating an existing one. Whether you are employing a builder or doing the work yourself, it will help you to understand more about how a house works.

LILI
Winslow, Buckinghamshire, UK
£120-180
May 12
Introduction to Scantle Slating - The one day course will cover marking out the roof, making a scantle, making and fitting pegs, cutting roof slates and laying wit lime mortar. There will also be discussion on the various different styles of scantle roof. Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust Robinsons Shaft, Pool, Redruth, Cornwall, UK

£50
June 16
Introduction to Roofing - The course will consist of a practical, hands-on day during which trainees will learn about the range of modern tiles and slates available on the market and how to use them to roof a building.
Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust Robinsons Shaft, Pool, Redruth, Cornwall, UK

£50
June 16
Introduction to Roofing - The course will consist of a practical, hands-on day during which trainees will learn about the range of modern tiles and slates available on the market and how to use them to roof a building.
Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust Robinsons Shaft, Pool, Redruth, Cornwall, UK

£50
July
21-23
Shingle course - Learn how to create shingles using a froe to split the timber along its grain, then lay the shingles onto a roof structure.

Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust Robinsons Shaft, Pool, Redruth, Cornwall, UK

£150