Introduction course to Bio-construction

5,6,7,8 and 9 July 2021

Content

A comprehensive experience for those who want to get started in the world of bio-construction.

  • Human settlements design and management. Permaculture design
  • Use of materials from the immediate environment
  • Dimensioning of structures and applicable regulations
  • Physics of Materials and Bioclimatic Design
  • Rehabilitation with sustainable criteria

Biocompatible facilities.

  • Renewable energies
  • heating
  • hydraulic installations
  • grey water treatment by means of phytodepuration
  • dry latrine composting toilet

Building materials and techniques: stone, earth, wood, straw, cane…
Natural coatings. Difference between different types of lime and their application
Discussion sessions, documentary film screenings, technical consultations and much more!

Practice

Guided tour of Iscles, a village in the process of reconstruction using sustainable criteria and local materials.

We will be able to see different finished works and works in progress:

  • photovoltaic installations
  • phytodepuration systems
  • dry latrines with different systems
  • heating systems
  • vernacular architecture
  • chicken coops
  • vegetable gardens
  • greenhouses
  • orchards…

Talk on low-cost, high-efficiency photovoltaic systems

Course development

In order to offer a more dynamic experience, the practical part of the course will take place in the mornings, leaving the afternoons to deal with theoretical aspects, didactic excursions, discussion and the sharing of practical cases.

Teaching

Theoretical part

Nadir Sirera Oriol

Architect and Builder based in Iscles. Specialised in Bioclimatic Architecture and Bioconstruction, working for years in the restoration and recovery of Vernacular Architecture.

Practices

Equipo Iscles

The entire Iscles team will guide the construction work.

Programme

Day One

Morning

9:00-15:00 (with a short break)

Guided tour of Iscles, a village in the process of reconstruction using sustainable criteria and local materials. We will be able to see different finished works and works in progress, photovoltaic installations, phyto-purification systems, different types of dry toilets, heating systems, vernacular architecture, poultry houses, vegetable gardens, greenhouses, orchards… Workshop on permaculture design, bioclimatic design and use of the resources of the immediate environment. Field tests with soil. Identification of wood species and their possibilities in construction.

Afternoon

17:00 - end

Talk on low-cost, high-efficiency photovoltaic installations by Xarxa Global (Manresa). Dimensioning of plants and automation for surplus utilisation

Day Two

Morning

9:00-15:00 (with a short break)

Practical workshop on stone construction Construction of a dry stone retaining wall Production of masonry and cyclopean foundations with natural hydraulic lime

Afternoon

17:00 - end

Theoretical approach to stone construction: uses, qualities, sizing, regulations Documentary screening Discussions

Day Three

Morning

9:00-15:00 (with a short break)

Practical workshop on the construction of load-bearing walls with earth. Construction of structural walls with adobe bricks and cob. Brick making Quincha walls with wooden substructure

Afternoon

17:00 - end

Different applications of earth as a building material and its qualities: tapia, adobe, cob, quincha, cladding, etc. Additives to improve our soil Implementing legislation Screening of a short documentary on rammed earth and adobe, round table discussion

Fourth Day

Morning

9:00-15:00 (with a short break)

Practical workshop on wooden structures Design and construction of timber load-bearing structure, anchorages, joints and connections Treatment of wood with natural products

Afternoon

17:00 - end

Uses and possibilities of wood: floor slabs, roofs, geodesic domes, reciprocal structures Implementing legislation

Fees

The course

The participation fee for the course is

300.- €

Accommodation and Meals

The price of the meals is 25€ per day, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper, all prepared with love and mostly from our own gardens. Accommodation can be in a shared room, teepee or single tent with bed (€10/night) or free camping with use of shower and dry toilet (€3/night).

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