Centre for Alternative Technology

Course Search


Turf and Dung Green Roofs

  • Sat 20th May 2017.
    Course starts at 10am and ends at 4pm.
    Course fee (not including food or accommodation) £50.

  • Dates, Times & Fees

Course details

Building your own turf roof with locally available natural materials.

This course is about getting comfortable building your own turf roof using widely available and affordable, low embodied energy materials.

We’ll go through the principles of what has worked well for turf roof builders in the past, drawing on inspirational examples from Scandinavia, Iceland and elsewhere in the northern hemisphere. Then it’s off to look at some experimental turf roof designs built at CAT in the week prior to the course and examine the different materials one might use to adopt the roof design to your own preferences, access to building materials and physical or technical capabilities.

The main part of the course though will be practical work building an all-natural turf roof. Building up layer after layer of breathable substratum, watertight sealing layer and a protective outer skin, you’ll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with key materials, tools and techniques and bombard the course instructor with any questions that arise in the process!

Your course tutor is Daniël Postma, Daniël grew up in the heart of the Netherlands and trained as an archaeologist at the Groningen Institute of Archaeology (University of Groningen).

Excavating settlements in the former Frisian littoral and the Shetland Isles and training in turf construction in Iceland, he soon developed an interest in ancient rural buildings in the North Sea and North Atlantic area.

Want to know more about Turf roofs? Read more here:

Construction and Maintenance of Turf Roofs in the North Atlantic Region Traditional turf roof construction

Back to Nature: An Alternative Approach to Planting Green Roofs’.

Green Roof Guide.

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 sturdy boots/wellingtons.

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) 1 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

Book Now!

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

Subscribe to our newsletter


Click here to sign up