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District Heating Workshop – Best Practice Lessons from Denmark

district-heating-denmark12 & 13 June 2014, The Enterprise Centre, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

XD Consulting is delighted to be associated with this training workshop which will bring some of the best international experience in district heating to Ireland.

It is organised jointly with the Tipperary Energy Agency as part of the European SUNSTORE4 project which aimed at demonstrating the technical and financial feasibility of 100% renewable energy supply to district heating system. The project demonstrates renewable district heating on the island of Marstal in Denmark, which is connected to the largest solar thermal plant in the world (33,000 m2) working in conjunction with seasonal storage, a bioenergy system and advanced heat pumping technology. This workshop aims at sharing the results of the project and will be a unique opportunity for participants to gain an insight into the potential for replication in Ireland. The workshop will also be an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the feasibility study tools developed by the SUNSTORE team and have ‘hands-on’ experience of the renewable district heating project in Cloughjordan.

Further details, costs and registration.

The Better Building Conference 2014

betterbuilding2014The next Better Building, Ireland's largest property and construction conference, will be held on Wednesday 9 April 2014 in Croke Park, in association with Ecocem, the low carbon cement provider.

Catch up on what is happening in the rapid move to a more sustainable built environment.

Find the programme and speaker lineup on the Better Building website.

Pre-register and save. Pre-booked tickets are €150 (€190 on the door).

This conference counts for 7 structured RIAI CPD points.

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Cob Courses with The School of Natural Building at Cloughjordan Ecovillage

stomping cobAll Courses at Cloughjordan Ecovillage with Eileen Flanagan

“Earthship” Exploration | NEW Dates Friday to Sunday 13 - 15 September 2013 | €120 (includes lunch) | Pay Now

Build Your Own Earth Oven | Sat 20 - Sun 21 July 2013 | 9.30 - 18.00 both days | €120 (includes lunch)

Cob Taster Session | 24 August 2013 | 14.00 - 17.00 | €20 or €50 family rate (for 2 adults and up to 2 children over 8 years old)

Complete Cob Building 9-Day Course | DATES TBC | 8.30 - 17.30 each day | €600 (includes refreshments and lunch) | Pay Now

“Earthship” Exploration | 13 – 15 September 2013

Earthships are a particular type of off-grid house build from natural and recycled materials, most notably car tyres rammed with earth. Find out more about them, try some of the building techniques and explore what it would be like to build one. Suitable for adults of all abilities.

You may have heard about Earthships, seen a documentary or even visited one. This weekend is your chance to explore what it might be like to build one here in Ireland.

On Friday evening we will watch the documentary “Garbage Warrior” and have an informal discussion afterwards. Over the rest of the weekend, we will look at how Earthships can be adapted to the Irish climate and give some of the build techniques a try – ramming tyres with earth to build walls and using waste to create beauty.

The weekend will be facilitated by Eileen Flanagan, structural engineer and artist who lives in a self-built earth home in the eco-village.

The weekend is interactive, exploratory and hands-on. Expect to get inspired, get muddy and have a lot of fun. It is suitable for adults and older teenagers of all abilities.

The course fees include refreshments during the breaks and a hearty lunch each day. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary restrictions.

As there are practical outdoor sessions please bring waterproof raingear, wellies or other suitable footwear and work gloves.

The course costs €120. This does not include accommodation, breakfast or evening meal, all of which are available locally.

Course Timetable (morning break 11.00-11.30, lunch 1.00-2.30 and afternoon break 4.00-4.30 daily)

Day 1 Friday

7.30-9.00

Garbage Warrior Documentary follows the struggles of Earthship creator Michael Reynolds to be allowed to build experimental structures and communities. (Classroom)

Day 2 Saturday

9.30 – 11.00

Ramming tyres with earth, the basic building blocks of Earthships (Practical)

 

11.30 – 1.00

How local climatic conditions influence Earthship design and construction (Classroom)

 

2.30 – 4.00

Complete life cycle in an Earthship: water, power, sewage treatment and food production systems (Classroom)

 

4.30 – 6.00

The next step with rammed tyres: walls, plastering and integration with other construction elements (Practical)

Day 3 Sunday

9.30 – 1.00 (with break)

Building with garbage: cans, bottles etc. (Practical)

 

2.30 – 4.00

Site specific issues: location, design and planning permission (Classroom)

 

4.30 – 6.00

Wrap up and next steps (Classroom)

About Eileen Flanagan

Eileen is a structural engineer and an artist with many years experience as a construction industry professional. In 2004 she trained in cob building withLanto Evans and Linda Smiley at the Hollies in Cork. Thisled her to completely revise her approach to housing and in 2012 her and her husband completed their own cob home in the eco-village in Cloughjordan, where Eileen teaches natural building. She has a deep understanding of structures, a passion for natural building and a practical approach to getting things done. Her classes are engaging, exploratory and entertaining.

Read more: Cob Courses with The School of Natural Building at Cloughjordan Ecovillage

Low Impact Building

building picFebruary 2013 Green Building Lecture with Tom Woolley

Tuesday 19 February 2013 | 18.00 – 20.30 | €20 Pay Now | Central Hotel, Exchequer St

Part of our Green Building Lectures Series. Join us, once a month, for inspiring lectures from extraordinary people. Bringing you the latest developments in low energy and sustainable, design and manufacturing.

Read more: Low Impact Building

Better Building Conference 2013

2013-better-building.jpgWednesday 24 April 2013 | Croke Park, Dublin | BetterBuilding.ie

Better Building, Ireland's largest property and construction conference, is to be held on Wednesday 24 April 2013 in Croke Park, sponsored by Ecocem, the low carbon cement provider, and in association with Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The theme of the conference, now in its second year, is Leading Environmental Innovation in Europe, and it is organised in partnership with Enterprise Ireland by the Irish Green Building Council, Cultivate and the Sustainable Building Show.

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Integrated Sustainable Design

altOctober 2012 Green Building Lecture with Jón Kristinsson and Eur Van Andel

Thursday 18 October | 18.00 – 20.30 | Central Hotel, Exchequer St

The first installment in our Green Building Lectures Series. Join us, once a month, for inspiring lectures from extraordinary people. Bringing you the latest developments in low energy and sustainable, design and manufacturing.

 

Read more: Integrated Sustainable Design

Green Building Lecture: One Low Energy House's Search for Zero Carbon

moycullen_house.jpgWith Dr Shane Colclough, University of Ulster

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Tuesday 20 November 2012 | 18.00 – 20.00 | Central Hotel, Exchequer St | €20 | Buy online or 'Pay Now' | Discounts available for Éasca, PHAI, IGBC and Cultivate Members - Call 01 674 5773

The second in our Green Building Lectures Series.

The combination of a low energy house and the Irish climate is a winning one. It has already been demonstrated that it is possible to reduce the space heating demands of a house by 80% through building to standards such as the Passivhaus standard.

Read more: Green Building Lecture: One Low Energy House's Search for Zero Carbon

The Green Building Lectures

2012-building-lectures.jpgJoin us for inspiring lectures from extraordinary people.

The Green Building Lecture Series brings you the latest developments in low energy and sustainable, design and manufacturing.

Please check back or join our mailing list in the right sidebar.

February 2013: Renewable Materials with Tom Woolley

November 2012: One Low Energy House's Search for Zero Carbon

October 2012: Integrated Sustainable Design

Build Your Own Wind Turbine with Hugh Piggot

Hugh Piggot Wind Turbine CourseMonday 13 to Saturday 18 August 2012 | Glas Learning | Ennisnag, Kilkenny | €350 | 056 773 000

This is a great opportunity for participants to learn ‘first hand’ from the master himself!

Glas Learning also have a Domestic Energy Management course booking now.

Read more: Build Your Own Wind Turbine with Hugh Piggot

Hemp Building Course with Steve Allin

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Participate in a Hemp Building Course and learn about this new revolutionary building system. You will get first-hand experience from Steve Allin, the leading hemp building expert and author of the book, Building with Hemp.

Read more: Hemp Building Course with Steve Allin

Low-cost building workshop

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Want to build a low-cost house, workshop or community building without the need for a huge loan or mortgage? Interested in finding out more about the low-cost building cooperative in Cloughjordan Ecovillage?

Read more: Low-cost building workshop

Green Building Spring Programme

buildingCourses underway in Kilkenny. 

Glas Learning are offering a range of green building courses with significant funding available to all Kilkenny residents, both waged and unwaged.

Read more: Green Building Spring Programme

BER Building Energy Rating Assessment

altThursdays & Fridays, 22 March - 13 April 2012

This 6-day course is focused on the DEAP software and its practical application, using hands-on workshop-based instruction. This programme covers both new and existing dwellings.

Read more: BER Building Energy Rating Assessment

Natural Building & Cob Workshop

altFriday 4th May to Thursday 10th May 2012

The Village, Cloughjordan

In conjunction with the Cob Cottage Company in Oregon, USA with Paul Dillon and Jo Forsyth

Read more: Natural Building & Cob Workshop

Better Building Conference

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Better Building in association with Ecocem is an International Conference for a Sustainable Built Environment that investigates the opportunities and challenges for companies working in the green sector.

Read more: Better Building Conference

Green Building - Course

altTuesdays & Thursdays 10 January - 9 February 2012 | 18.00 - 20.30 | €325 | Jobseekers should contact their local FAS office to enquire about financial support through the Technical Employment Support Grant | Full list of dates: 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 January and 2, 7 & 9 February 2012 (plus Sat 28 Jan practical day) | The Greenhouse, St Andrew St, Dublin 2

Explore the principles, practices and relevance of environmentally sustainable building and construction. Learn to make choices in approach and of materials based on sound principles for sustainability, be able to analyse materials from a sustainability perspective, recognise when certain choices and approaches are appropriate. Gain an understanding of alternative forms of meeting housing needs.

Read more: Green Building - Course

World Green Building Week 2011

WGBW19th - 23rd September 2011 | DARC Space Gallery, North Great George's St | Most events €FREE

The IGBC and Éasca are celebrating World Green Building Week (WGBW), marked annually by Green Building Councils around the world during the third week in September with events promoting sustainable buildings and communities.

Most events are open to non members with some restricted to members only and invited guests. The events include:

Read more: World Green Building Week 2011

Green Building Forum 2011

How Ireland can transform the built environment to achieve sustainability by 2030

Friday 6th May 2011 | 9.30 - 17.00 | Griffith College Dublin | €50  Cultivate, Éasca and IGBC Members €30 - Pay cash/cheque on the door | A Cultivate and Green Works Event

How can sustainability be achieved and what needs to happen to enable it?

What are the opportunities for job creation in Ireland through a truly ambitious transformation to sustainability?

 See Full Detail Here 

Green Building Course

The challenge now is to design and build low impact, low energy buildings

Tuesdays 21st Sept – 7th Dec 2010 | 7pm | 12-week course (or choose individual seminars) | The Greenhouse, St Andrew St, D2 (map) | 12 seminars €210 | 9 seminars €180 | 6 seminars €120 | 3 seminars €65 | 1 seminar  €25

This course brings together a fantastic range of speakers to explore the essential aspects of green building from passive house design to renewable energy options. To appreciate how these factors work in a system, the course also includes case studies, presented by the designer, of award-winning and ground-breaking ecological buildings in Ireland. This course is designed for architects and is open to all who are interested. You can do the full 12-week course or choose individual seminars of interest.

Details of individual seminars to follow.

ECO FAIR

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Organised by NEAR FM and Cultivate

Saturday 10 April | 10am – 5pm | €10 / €5 concession | 10% discount for Cultivate Members | 01 6745773 | Cultivate at The Greenhouse, St Andrew St, D2

The Dynamo Effect will be a fun and informative day out for the whole family, featuring exhibits, information stalls, films, talks, children's activities and workshops on renewable energy, green building, local food, ethical fashion, Transition towns, cycling, and sustainable communities.

Read more: ECO FAIR

Elements of Green Building - FETAC Level 5

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Wednesdays 21 April – 2 June | 7pm - 9:30pm + 2 Saturday sessions | €300 | 10% discount for Cultivate and ÉASCA Members | To book call: 01 674 5773 | Cultivate at The Greenhouse, St Andrew St, D2

This FETAC course covers the basic of Green Building design considerations, methods and materials, including a practical hands-on building session with natural material.

Learners earn a Level 5 FETCA certificate in Green Building.

 

Read more: Elements of Green Building - FETAC Level 5

Full Immersive Permaculture Design Certificate Course

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Organised by Cultivate in association with The Village

Friday 19th - Sunday 28th August 2011 (full-time and full-on from Friday evening until Sunday lunch time) | The Village, Cloughjordan, Tipperary, Ireland | Find presentations, links and other resources in our eLearning environment | Enquiries: +353 1 674 5773 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. |  €550 (Book Online) | Concessions 10% off

The Permaculture Design Course in Cloughjordan offers the unique opportunity to learn permaculture embedded in a real living community.  Tutors include: Graham Strouts of Kinsale College of Further Education, Suzie Cahn of Carraig Dúlra and Davie Philip and Ben Whelan of Cultivate.

Permaculture equips you with the skills needed to thrive in the new millennium. The certificate course is probably the most important training that anyone involved in Transition or building sustainable community could take. This is a fully accredited seventy-two hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course.

Read more: Full Immersive Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Green Building Seminar Series

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Retrofit for Energy Efficiency

 Mondays 15th March - 26th April 2010 | 7pm - 8.30pm | €30 | 20% discount for Cultivate and EASCA members  | To book call: 01- 6745773 | Cultivate at The Greenhouse, St Andrew St., D2

With the SEI Home Energy Saving Scheme a considerable amount of work is being undertaken to retrofit our buildings for energy efficiency.  In principle, installing insulation and new boilers is a positive step, however, in practice there can be pitfalls.

Read more: Green Building Seminar Series

DIY Home Heating and Energy Saving

insulation.jpgSunday 23 May | 10am - 5pm | €120 | 10% discount for Cultivate and EASCA members | To book call: 01 6745773 | Cultivate at The Greenhouse, St Andrew St, D2

This part theoretical and part demonstration workshop looks at energy use in the home and examines options for domestic energy saving. The emphasis is on identifying the most effective, low-cost energy saving measures, and the techniques, skills and materials required for successful implementation. As most domestic energy use is in space or water heating, these are the areas that will be examined most closely.

Read more: DIY Home Heating and Energy Saving

Energy Literacy Workshop

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Sunday 7 March | 10am - 5pm | €120 | 10% discount for Cultivate and EASCA members | To book call: 01  674 5773 | Cultivate at The Greenhouse, St Andrew St, D2

Plenty of people are computer literate these days but how many are energy literate? How many people have sufficient knowledge to make their own independent assessments of  renewable energy technologies or government energy policies, or have the ability to properly evaluate payback times, carbon footprints, food or biomass energy yields or domestic energy use?

Read more: Energy Literacy Workshop

Retrofit your Home for Energy Efficiency

ber.jpgWednesday 9th December 2009 | 8pm  | €20 | 10% discount for Cultivate  Members | Cultivate at The Greenhouse, St Andrews Street, Dublin 2 | Bookings: 01 674 5773

Unfortunately this Event has been Cancelled - Will run again in New Year

From attic insulation to draught proofing windows, there are many cost effective measures that you can make to keep your home warm and your heating costs down. Energy efficiency is not just for new houses; you can improve your home’s building energy rating no matter how old it is.

This introductory lecture with Jay Stuart Architect and Sustainable Design Consultant, explores a range of measures for homeowners to ensure their buildings energy use is effective. From people planning simple projects to those undertaking major renovations, this lecture will provide the information you need to achieve an A rated home.

Green Building Course: The Energy Efficient Home with Patrick Waterfield

Wednesdays from 7th October  to 11th November | 7.00 - 9.00pm

€180 (10% reduction Cultivate and ÉASCA members) | To book call: 01-6745773

This course uses Patrick’s popular book, The Energy Efficient Home, as the core reading. By the end of this series participants will have the confidence and knowledge to make the big decisions in managing a new build or renovation. Dr Patrick Waterfield is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Energy Institute. He is the author of 14 conference and journal papers and numerous periodical/magazine articles.

Read more: Green Building Course: The Energy Efficient Home with Patrick Waterfield

Introduction to Low Cost Design and Construction

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Want to build a home for €20,000? Or even less? 

Sunday 13th December 2009  | 10am - 5pm     Places Available

€95 | 10% discount for Cultivate & ÉASCA Members | Cultivate at The Greenhouse, St Andrews Street, Dublin 2 | Bookings: 01 674 5773 

This one day theoretical workshop with Andy Wilson will look at simple house design and construction, with the emphasis on very low cost construction using natural and recycled materials. The starting point is the premise that a home should be affordable, pleasant to live in, and should have the lowest possible environmental impact. This course is particularly aimed at young people who want to build an ultra-low cost mortgage-free home in a rural area.

Read more: Introduction to Low Cost Design and Construction

Introduction to Low Cost Design and Construction

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Want to build a home for €20,000? Or even less?

Sunday 28 February | 10am - 5pm  | €95 | 10% discount for Cultivate & ÉASCA Members | Bookings: 01 674 5773 | Cultivate at The Greenhouse, St Andrew St, D2

This one day theoretical workshop with Andy Wilson will look at simple house design and construction, with the emphasis on very low cost construction using natural and recycled materials. The starting point is the premise that a home should be affordable, pleasant to live in, and should have the lowest possible environmental impact. This course is particularly aimed at young people who want to build an ultra-low cost mortgage-free home in a rural area.

Read more: Introduction to Low Cost Design and Construction

Green Building Course: The Energy Efficient Home with Patrick Waterfield

Wednesdays 29 April  to 3 June | 7 - 9pm | €180 | 10% discount for Cultivate and EASCA members  | To book call: 01 6745773 | Cultivate at The Greenhouse, St Andrew St, D2

This course uses Patrick’s popular book, The Energy Efficient Home, as the core reading. By the end of this series participants will have the confidence and knowledge to make the big decisions in managing a new build or renovation. Dr Patrick Waterfield is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Energy Institute. He is the author of 14 conference and journal papers and numerous periodical/magazine articles.

Read more: Green Building Course: The Energy Efficient Home with Patrick Waterfield

Hemp Lime Construction with Professor Tom Woolley

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Eco Minimalist Houses and Building Using Natural Materials

Mon 8th June 2008 | 7pm | Cultivate Centre | €20 | Bookings: 01 6745773

Hemp lime is a composite construction material that can be used for walls, insulation of roofs and floors and as part of timber-framed buildings. It provides very good thermal and acoustic performance, and offers a genuinely zero-carbon contribution to sustainable construction. Hemp masonry is breathable and is able to absorb and emit moisture, leading to much healthier buildings. This talk explores the current and potential uses of hemp lime in Ireland today.

Tom Woolley is professor of architecture at the Graduate School of the Environment at the Centre for Alternative Technology and an acknowledged expert on natural building and related environmental issues.  He is author of several books including: 'Natural Building: A Guide to Materials and Techniques' and 'Hemp Lime Construction'. 

Planning Small-Scale Renewable Electricity Generation Systems

xav solar.pngFriday 5 March | 10am – 4pm | €120 | 10% discount for Cultivate and EASCA members | To book call: 01 6745773 | Cultivate at The Greenhouse, St Andrew St, D2

This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and practical know-how required to plan a micro-generation system for a house, a business or a farm. The course will put a particular emphasis on grid-connected solar photovoltaic systems and small wind turbines.

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled please contact Alice: 6745773 for more info

Read more: Planning Small-Scale Renewable Electricity Generation Systems

Ecological Renovations - Public Lecture

moyer.jpgRenovating period houses for energy efficiency and a healthy environment

Thursday 19 March | 7pm | €25 |10% discount for Cultivate & ÉASCA Members | Cultivate Centre | Essex St West | Temple Bar | Bookings: 01 674 5773

Architect Frank Cooney speaks about his experience refurbishing an existing semi derelict 19th century house in Moyer, Co Cavan to achieve both A2 energy rating and International Passivhaus standard. 

Architect Joseph Little follows on with an exploration of the best practice for extending and renovating a house to improve its energy efficiency and to create a healthy environment in which to live.

Read more: Ecological Renovations - Public Lecture

Introduction to Wind Energy, Micro-Hydro & Solar PV

wind_turbine.jpgDomestic Electricity Production with Quentin Gargin

Wednesday-Thursday 11 - 12 March | 7pm - 9pm | Cultivate Centre | Essex St West | Temple Bar | €60 | 10% discount for ÉASCA and Cultivate members | Bookings: 01 674 5773

This course (two evenings) explores the various options available for creating your own electricity. The primary fuel used to produce electricity at the power station can be as much as three times the power you get from your socket. That’s why Part L of the building regulations requires 10kw/m2 solar heating, or just 4kwhr/m2 for electricity production.

Producing clean electricity may be feasible in many one-off houses in Ireland, and this course will discuss how to unlock this untapped potential.

 

 

Read more: Introduction to Wind Energy, Micro-Hydro & Solar PV

Domestic Electricity Production with Quentin Gargin

wind_turbine.jpgIntroduction to Wind Energy, Micro-Hydro & Solar PV

Monday-Tuesday 22 - 23 June | 7pm - 9pm | Cultivate Centre | Essex St West | Temple Bar | €60 | 10% discount for ÉASCA and Cultivate members | Bookings: 01 674 5773

This course (two evenings) explores the various options available for creating your own electricity. The primary fuel used to produce electricity at the power station can be as much as three times the power you get from your socket. That’s why Part L of the building regulations requires 10kw/m2 solar heating, or just 4kwhr/m2 for electricity production.

Producing clean electricity may be feasible in many one-off houses in Ireland, and this course will discuss how to unlock this untapped potential.

 

Quentin Gargan has lived for 6 years in a house powered by a Scottish made 2.5kw turbine and a micro-hydro system. Last year, he founded Turbotricity to develop domestic wind turbines for the Irish market. He holds City & Guilds certificates in wind and solar PV and is a guest lecturer on solar water heating at Cork Institute of Technology.

 

 

Read more: Domestic Electricity Production with Quentin Gargin

Green Building Course 09

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Wednesday evenings | 28 Jan - 4 March 09 | 7-9pm | €180 | 10% discount for ÉASCA and Cultivate Members | Cultivate Centre | Essex St West | Temple Bar | Bookings 01 674 5773 | This course is FULL

This six week course for architects, engineers, builders and developers explores the key principles of creating energy efficient and sustainable buildings.  These include methods of building, choice of materials, renewable energy options and renovations.  Participants will learn about factors that increase energy efficiency, requirements of Part L of the building regulations and options available to build an A rated home.

Speakers include: Paraic Davis - MCO Environment, Niall Crossan - Ecological Building Systems, Mike Haslam - Solearth Architecture, Joseph Little - Joseph Little Architects,  Patrick Duffy - NICER Training - and Duncan Stewart, RTE

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Green Building Course 09

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Thursday evenings | 7 May - 11 June 09 | 7-9pm | €180 | 10% discount for ÉASCA and Cultivate Members | Cultivate Centre | Essex St West | Temple Bar | Bookings 01 674 5773 | Fully booked

This six week course for architects, engineers, builders and developers explores the key principles of creating energy efficient and sustainable buildings.  These include methods of building, choice of materials, renewable energy options and renovations.  Participants will learn about factors that increase energy efficiency, requirements of Part L of the building regulations and options available to build an A rated home.

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Speakers include: Duncan Stewart, EASCA, Brian O'Brien - Solearth Architecture,  Niall Crossan - Ecological Building Systems, Mike Haslam - Solearth Architecture, Joseph Little - Joseph Little Architects and  Patrick Duffy - NICER Training 

 

Read more: Green Building Course 09

DIY Solar Thermal Workshop

Sunday 5th April 2009 | 10am - 5pm | €120 | Cultivate Centre | Essex St West | Temple Bar | This course is FULL 

How to make your own high performance solar panel with Andy Wilson

This workshop will look at how to make a high quality solar thermal panel out of recycled materials. Contrary to popular perception, solar panels are not hard to make and the basic materials may cost as little as €50.00. The type of panel featured in this workshop has the capability to heat water to 50 degrees Celsius as early in the year as February and to over 70 degrees on a regular basis during the summer.

By the end of the workshop, a fully operational (and very professional looking) solar panel will have been built, weather- proofed, mounted and plumbed in.  This workshop is aimed at people with little or no previous experience who want to learn how to make their own solar panel.

Read more: DIY Solar Thermal Workshop

Introduction to Low Cost Design and Construction

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Want to build a home for €20,000? Or even less? 

Sunday  8 March 2009  | 10am - 5pm | FULL

€95 | 10% discount for Cultivate & ÉASCA Members | Cultivate Centre | Essex St West | Temple Bar | Bookings: 01 674 5773 

This one day theoretical workshop with Andy Wilson will look at simple house design and construction, with the emphasis on very low cost construction using natural and recycled materials. The starting point is the premise that a home should be affordable, pleasant to live in, and should have the lowest possible environmental impact. This course is particularly aimed at young people who want to build an ultra-low cost mortgage-free home in a rural area.

Read more: Introduction to Low Cost Design and Construction

Introduction to Low Cost Design and Construction

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Want to build a home for €20,000? Or even less? 

Sunday  28 June 2009  | 10am - 5pm

€95 | 10% discount for Cultivate & ÉASCA Members | Cultivate Centre | Essex St West | Temple Bar | Bookings: 01 674 5773 

This one day theoretical workshop with Andy Wilson will look at simple house design and construction, with the emphasis on very low cost construction using natural and recycled materials. The starting point is the premise that a home should be affordable, pleasant to live in, and should have the lowest possible environmental impact. This course is particularly aimed at young people who want to build an ultra-low cost mortgage-free home in a rural area.

Read more: Introduction to Low Cost Design and Construction

Basic Domestic Energy Auditing

ber.jpgSunday 30 November 08 | 10am - 5pm | €120 & NOTE: ONLY 15 places

Sunday 8 February 09 | 10am - 5pm | €120 & NOTE: ONLY 15 places

Bookings: 01 674 5773
10% discount for Cultivate & ÉASCA Members

This comprehensive one day energy-auditing workshop with Andy Wilson will enable course participants to carry out their own energy audits up to the standard used in the Building Regulation Technical Guidance Document 'L'. The workshop will cover a wide range of conventional and alternative building materials, and will examine the energy relationship between the different components of a building.

Read more: Basic Domestic Energy Auditing

Basic Domestic Energy Auditing

ber.jpgSunday 30 November 08 | 10am - 5pm | €120 & NOTE: ONLY 15 places

Sunday 8 February 09 | 10am - 5pm | €120 & NOTE: ONLY 15 places

Bookings: 01 674 5773
10% discount for Cultivate & ÉASCA Members

This comprehensive one day energy-auditing workshop with Andy Wilson will enable course participants to carry out their own energy audits up to the standard used in the Building Regulation Technical Guidance Document 'L'. The workshop will cover a wide range of conventional and alternative building materials, and will examine the energy relationship between the different components of a building.

Read more: Basic Domestic Energy Auditing

Basic Domestic Energy Auditing

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Sunday 8 February 09 | 10am - 5pm | €120 & NOTE: ONLY 15 places | 10% discount for Cultivate & ÉASCA Members | Cultivate Centre | Essex St West | Temple Bar | Bookings: 01 674 5773

This course is FULL 

This comprehensive one day energy-auditing workshop with Andy Wilson will enable course participants to carry out their own energy audits up to the standard used in the Building Regulation Technical Guidance Document 'L'. The workshop will cover a wide range of conventional and alternative building materials, and will examine the energy relationship between the different components of a building.

Read more: Basic Domestic Energy Auditing

Basic Domestic Energy Auditing

ber.jpgSunday 22 March 09 | 10am - 5pm | €120 & NOTE: ONLY 15 places

Bookings: 01 674 5773
10% discount for Cultivate & ÉASCA Members

This comprehensive one day energy-auditing workshop with Andy Wilson will enable course participants to carry out their own energy audits up to the standard used in the Building Regulation Technical Guidance Document 'L'. The workshop will cover a wide range of conventional and alternative building materials, and will examine the energy relationship between the different components of a building.

Read more: Basic Domestic Energy Auditing

Solar Water Heating

Solar Water Heating course for architects and engineers with Quentin Gargin

FULLY BOOKED - Please call if interested in future course 

Monday 16 June 7pm - 9pm & Tuesday 17 June  7pm - 9pm 
€60 (10% discount for EASCA and Cultivate members) 

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Solar water heating is fast becoming an integral part of house design. Quite apart from the need for Part L compliance, for a long time prices of equipment have been falling while energy costs have risen, and solar water heating is now a cost-effective source of renewable energy in any new home.

The course will explore the pros and cons of different systems – flatplates, vacuum tubes, vacuum flasks, and various options for installation and plumbing, enabling architects and engineers to design and specify safe and effective solar water heating systems.

Read more: Solar Water Heating

Solar Water Heating

Ssolar panel.jpgolar Water Heating course with Quentin Gargin

Monday-Tuesday | 2 - 3 February 2009 | 7 - 9pm |  Cultivate Centre | Essex St West | Temple Bar | €60 | 10% discount for ÉASCA and Cultivate members | Bookings: 01 674 5773

Solar water heating is fast becoming an integral part of house design. Quite apart from the need for Part L compliance, for a long time prices of equipment have been falling while energy costs have risen, and solar water heating is now a cost-effective source of renewable energy in any new home.

This course run over two evenings will explore the pros and cons of different systems: flatplates, vacuum tubes, vacuum flasks, and various options for installation and plumbing, enabling architects and engineers to design and specify safe and effective solar water heating systems.

Read more: Solar Water Heating

DIY Solar Thermal Workshop

How to make your own high performance solar panel

FULLY BOOKED

Sunday 05 October 08 | 10am - 5pm | €120
Call 01 674 5773 to put your name down on waiting list
10% discount for Cultivate & ÉASCA Members

This workshop will look at how to make a high quality solar panel out of recycled materials. Contrary to popular perception, solar panels are not hard to make and the basic materials may cost as little as €50.00. The type of panel featured in this workshop will have the capability to heat water to 50 degrees Celsius as early in the year as February and to over 70 degrees on a regular basis during the summer.

By the end of the workshop, a fully operational - and very professional looking - solar panel will have been built, weather-proofed, mounted and plumbed in.  There are many opportunities for workshop participants to develop their practical skills and use the various hand tools. Course numbers are restricted to 12 places in order to facilitate this.  (See below... )

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Green Building Seminars

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Tuesday Nights until 10th June | 7.00-9.00pm | Individual seminars are €30 with 20% discount for Cultivate & EASCA members | Book 5 online for €135

A 10 week series of Green Building Seminars.

Following on from the popular Green Building Forum, Cultivate in association with EASCA is pleased to announce this series of Green Building seminars.  Each week will explore a different topic from renovating period houses in an ecological way to building passive houses.  The lectures will be taken by a range of green building experts including Duncan Stewart, Lars Petterson, Jay Stuart and Patrick Waterfield.  

Passive Solar Design • Renovating Period Houses • Timber Frame Houses • Building for Community • Passive Houses • Renewable Energy Options for our Homes • Intelligent Green Buildings • Natural Building Materials • Airtightness and Insulation • Natural Ventilation

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DIY Off Grid Power Supplies using Micro wind and Solar PV

Sunday 9 March 08 | 10am - 5pm | €100 (16 places)

This workshop is intended to be an introduction to the subject and is aimed at novices who wish to set up their own off- grid power supplies using micro-wind, solar photovoltaic panels or other forms of renewable energy. The workshop has evolved somewhat in the last year and now concentrates on an examination of basic principles and the equipment which is available.  There is a small amount of practical work. It is recommended that workshop participants bring a notebook and a calculator.  While maths is kept to a minimum, it is an intrinsic part of the workshop and of understanding how electrical systems work. Level of maths required: ability to add divide, multiply and subtract – about primary school level!

Some course notes will be available in advance. (More below...)

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DIY Solar Thermal Workshop

How to make your own high performance solar panel

Sunday 2 March 08 | 10am - 5pm | Early Bird €100 until 10 Feb (€120 thereafter & NOTE: ONLY 12 places)

This workshop will look at how to make a high quality solar panel out of recycled materials. Contrary to popular perception, solar panels are not hard to make and the basic materials may cost as little as €50.00. The type of panel featured in this workshop will have the capability to heat water to 50 degrees Celsius as early in the year as February and to over 70 degrees on a regular basis during the summer.

By the end of the workshop, a fully operational - and very professional looking - solar panel will have been built, weather-proofed, mounted and plumbed in.  There are many opportunities for workshop participants to develop their practical skills and use the various hand tools. Course numbers are restricted to 12 places in order to facilitate this.  (See below... )

Read more: DIY Solar Thermal Workshop

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