Introduction to Natural Building – Roof covering

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Course Description

This year Hillcroft College is partnering with The School of Natural Building to construct a small (but perfectly formed) straw bale building which can ultimately be used as an intimate space for small meetings, one to one counselling, etc., or simply as a place to sit and relax in the unique ambience of natural materials. During the course of eight 3-day weekends we will cover most aspects of straw bale building using the same techniques we use to build full size houses. It will be challenging. It will be empowering.

It will be FUN! SNaB is dedicated to teaching all kinds of people, including those with no previous building experience, so this course is perfect for DIY beginners. No need to attend every module. Some subjects may overlap with others depending on progress. There will be a certain amount of 'working at height' from safe scaffolding towers, but no compulsion to do anything you are not comfortable with.

This is week six of an eight week series. There may be some finishing of the roof carpentry before the fitting of the roof covering and the actual waterproof layer which goes on last. Involves the use of a 'chalk line' and lots of precision nailing. But before that we have to fit the ceiling inside the building and insulate the roof cavity with sheep's wool.

The course takes place over three full days: Fri 9.30 - 5pm, Sat 9-5pm and Sun 9 - 3.15pm


Course runs from 24 Jun 2017 to 26 Jun 2017



Entry Requirements

No formal requirements just an interest in learning new skills

Method of Assessment

Individual Learning plans


This weekend will be part of the creation of a full sized building built by students with the support of the School of Natural Building.

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