This course is a must for anyone considering building a straw bale building, either as an owner,
owner-builder, or as a building professional.
Classroom & Hands-on.
The course is split 50-50 between classroom learning and hands on building. Subjects are covered in detail in theory sections with many references, pictures and specifications were possible. This followed by practical demonstration and practice on our purpose buit training area.The great benefit of this course is that you will touch all the elements of a straw bale building and this helps enormously in the planning for a project and concepts such as estimating. Students leave with a clear understanding of what is involved in undertaking a straw bale building project.
You will cover:
- design issues for strawbale construction
- foundation & footing considerations
- framing options
- load bearing and hybrid techniques
- bale stacking, compression, lacing & tensioning
- door & window openings
- straw bale specific detailing
- wet room design and considerations
- allowance for electrical & plumbing services
- rendering materials and techniques
- installation of bottom plate system
- stacking bales in running bond for 'bales on edge' & 'flat bales'
- making half and custom sized bales
- installing timber frames for openings
- installing top plates
- compressing and stitching bale walls
Topics such as termite protection, water proofing, fire safety, how not to build, and much more are covered. Workbooks are provided that participants will complete throughout the course that will reflect the needs of their own project
Participants in this course will learn and note the right way to undertake the construction of a straw bale building, it will help you be knowledgeable enough to avoid common mistakes and to deal with other trades that will be involved in your project who may be clueless about straw bale building. It will also help you separate misleading advice from 'straw bale building gurus' who are keen to sell their services and not necessarily help progress your building/home.
If you are a building professional and are able to utilise 'credits for continued learning' the course hours are able to be used for this purpose.
In the practical sessions we will build demonstration structures only, so there will be no pressure to finish someone’s home or building, the practical component serves your learning experience only.The AREC facilities in Mudgee provide a great setting with straw bale classroom room, and dedicated construction facility. The outdoor facilities allow space for practical sessions with plenty of room and opportunity to make your hands-on experience as valuable as possible.
Mudgee is located in the Central West of New South Wales, approximately 250 kilometres west of Sydney. Directions to the centre and “how to get there” options to Mudgee will be provided on registering.
Please see http://www.visitmudgeeregion.com.au for information on the Mudgee Region.
Course Costs: $550.00 including GST per person for the 3 day course.
This includes all materials consumed, morning & afternoon tea and light lunch on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
Free camping option: AREC permits course participants to camp onsite during the course to help offset costs. There are excellent ammenities including showers and a 'camp kitchen' with cooking and refrigeration facilities for campers.