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Centre for Alternative Technology

An educational charity dedicated to researching & communicating positive solutions for environmental change. We offer a variety of day & short residential courses covering a range of sustainability issues, including: renewable energy, environmentally friendly building techniques, water & sanitation solutions, introductory classes in ecology, woodland management, organic gardening & wilderness skills, as well as specialist courses for educators & trade professionals.

Short Courses

04/06/2022 Renewables for Households: Solar Hot Water 1 Day

Centre for Alternative Technology, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3lkBtGV

Rethinking household energy provision ? using sunlight to produce hot water. Learn how you can use solar water heating systems (solar thermal) to directly heat water. The course will cover the different solar water systems available, how they work, and how to assess which is best for your needs.

04/06/2022 Compost Toilets 1 Day

Centre for Alternative Technology, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3uSkajJ

On this practical course you'll gain a good understanding of the principles, benefits and limitations of compost toilets. Explore the components required to make a compost toilet system work, the biology of composting to maximise performance, and the cultural trends governing our attitudes towards toilets.

05/06/2022 Reedbeds and Waste Water Management 1 Day

Centre for Alternative Technology, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3Dkp0Jh

This course explores the technicalities, design and implementation of reedbeds and alternative waste water treatment systems at a domestic level. ?Our water and waste system is entirely off the mains supply, and this day course gives you the chance to learn from our 40 years of experience in this area.

25/06/2022 Renewables for Households: Biomass 1 Day

Centre for Alternative Technology, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3AkG28u

Rethinking household energy provision ? Biomass systems for the 21st Century. Heat from biomass is one of our oldest forms of energy use, and still has a lot to offer in the 21st century. Explore the options and suitability of biomass systems for your house, community or business.

25/06/2022 Cob Building 2 Days

Centre for Alternative Technology, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3lkBvi1

A natural building material that's been used around the world for hundreds of years, cob is a highly versatile way of building that can be sculpted to create beautiful, unique structures. Get to grips with the theory and practice of building with cob on this highly practical two-day course.

02/07/2022 Renewables for Households: Heat Pumps 1 Day

Centre for Alternative Technology, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/305QfZX

Rethinking household energy provision ? getting to grips with heat pumps. Heat pumps are often advertised as ?free heat?. Come and explore the science, develop a cost benefit analysis and quantify the emissions reductions of heat pumps, enabling you to decide if a heat pump is right for you.

12/08/2022 Eco Refurbishment 4 Days

Centre for Alternative Technology, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/2WQkId8

Transform buildings into cosy, low impact, energy efficient homes. Refurbishing our homes to make them more energy efficient is one of the key aspects of effective action on climate change. Learn from one of the UK?s leading experts in eco refurbishment and discover what key improvements you can make.

03/09/2022 Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping 2 Days

Centre for Alternative Technology, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3iIlrEV

This confidence boosting course will cover all you need to know to get you started with beekeeping. Delve into the practicals of equipment, set up, maintenance and sympathetic bee handling skills as well as the lifecycle of bees, how honey and beeswax are processed and possible uses.

01/10/2022 Self-build Project Management 2 Days

Centre for Alternative Technology, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3All7SC

If you?re thinking of building your own home, community space or other self-build structure, it pays to be prepared. This course covers how to create a project plan, a budget, and a health and safety plan, as well as the basics of planning permissions, building inspections and site management.

15/10/2022 Eco Refurbishment: Live online 2 Days

Online, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3BlcJUA

On this new online version of our popular Eco Refurbishment course, you?ll learn from one of the UK?s leading experts on eco refurbishment and discover what key improvements you can make to transform houses and buildings into cosy, low impact, energy-efficient homes.

21/11/2022 Sustainable Woodland Management 5 Days

Centre for Alternative Technology, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3uU615A

The theory and practice of managing woodlands in a way that benefits people and wildlife. Winner of the Woodlands Awards Best Woodlands Course 2017, this highly practical five-day course gets you out into the woods learning the skills and techniques of sustainable woodland management. OCN accreditation optional.

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