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Building with Rammed Earth

  • Sat 27th - Sun 28th April 2019.
    Course starts at 9:30am and ends at 3pm on the last day.
    Course fee including full board accommodation:-
    Waged £270, Low waged / Concessions £240.

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Course details

Rammed Earth is an ancient technology, currently being used around the world in a variety of situations and applications.
It’s a cliché, but the technology really is only limited by your imagination.
Rammed Earth walls have superb thermal mass, load bearing and fireproof qualities and with impressive acoustic attenuation.
They also look good, they are the colour of the surroundings they are from, and with minimal carbon dioxide emissions could be part of an answer to fast growing pollution from construction.

This course is for anyone with an interest in natural building materials and methods.
This includes architects, engineers, surveyors, contractors, students, owner builders, local authority regulators, mums, dads, farmers, developing economy workers etc etc
The course is very hands on and participants can expect to get muddy.
There are evening sessions on rammed earth theory supported by AV presentations.

Flexible in design and application rammed earth has excellent thermal mass, load bearing, fireproof and acoustic properties as well as embodying low-tech construction methods.
This two day Rammed Earth course gives a good grounding in this building method and its application around the world.
Rammed earth can be used for a simple hut or a castle, a Passivhaus classroom or bespoke home.
It’s in BREEAM and the National Building Specification, there’s a national standard for it in 15 African countries and you can get a loan to build with it in the UK from the Ecological Building Society, so what’s holding you back?

Students will build a piece of formwork from the most basic resources, and then build a piece of wall with the simplest materials.
The wall might be load bearing, have an arched opening in it, a corner detail or coloured highlight.
The main thing will be gaining that all important feeling of how to build, whether by hand or at a larger scale, at home or abroad, for yourself or for others.
You should leave the course with a sound knowledge of rammed earth and gain the confidence to embark on your own projects.

The course tutor Rowland Keable began building earth structures in Sierra Leone in 1985 and has extensive experience of working across Africa and the UK.

Things you need to know

Due to the nature of this course some practical work will be done outside. We strongly advise you to bring waterproof clothing and steel toe-cap boots are mandatory.

You must be over the age of 18 years when this course starts.

Booking, Fees and Cancellation policy

To book a place on a course, please choose one of the following options:

• Book Online- the “Book online” button is either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.

• Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 966 with your bank card details.


Our course fees include tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) 2 day course fees are non-refundable.
b) CAT reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.


Course Fees.

Start Date

Bed & Breakfast the night before the course starts

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Email courses@cat.org.uk
or phone 01654 704 966

There are places available on this course.

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