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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

30/10/2021 Build a Small Wind Turbine 2 Days

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3ob7ssx

Join Tom Dixon of?V3 Power?to build a wind turbine yourself, from scratch. Drawing on over ten years of experience, Tom has developed a new design to help you learn the most practical and theoretical skills in a short amount of time.

Cost £240

22/11/2021 Sustainable Woodland Management 5 Days

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01660 704966 courses@cat.org.uk www.cat.org.uk/events/sustainable-woodland-management/

Learn how to make the most of our natural resources on this highly practical course. Gain a comprehensive overview of how to manage woodland sustainably, looking at biodiversity conservation and woodland management skills. This course covers both practical and theoretical aspects of managing a small wood, and you?ll be spending most of your time in CAT?s beautiful and sustainably managed woodland Coed Gwern.

Cost £650

29/01/2022 Compost Toilets: Live online 1 Day

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

Online compost toilet course. Explore the construction and component features of compost toilets, the biochemistry of composting and sanitising excreta, and cultural trends governing our attitudes towards toilets such as the 'yuck' factor. Join other participants in discussing projects.

05/02/2022 Eco Refurbishment: Live online 2 Days

Online, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3uP3dGC

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.

05/02/2022 Reedbed Systems: Live online 1 Day

Online, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3BrgW9a

If you?re living or working in a remote location or need eco-friendly options for wastewater management, reedbeds offer a great solution. On this online course you?ll explore how wetland systems work, what kind of effluents they can treat, what scale they are suitable to, and what their ecological footprint is.

05/03/2022 Introduction to Renewables for Households 1 Day

Centre for Alternative Technology, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3DpE0pv

Where our energy comes from has a big impact, and to reach a Zero Carbon Britain it needs a major rethink. If you?d like to install renewables in your home, but aren?t sure on the options, costs and benefits, this course will give you an overview to help your decision.

26/03/2022 Renewables for Households: Insulation 1 Day

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

Rethinking household energy use ? the importance of insulation. The course will offer an accessible guide to calculating heat loss and understanding ?R? and ?U? values. You?ll learn how to identify draughts and air leakage, and how improving them could result in better thermal comfort, efficiency, and economic savings.

02/04/2022 Compost Toilets 1 Day

Centre for Alternative Technology, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3lmBTN6

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.

02/04/2022 Renewables for Households: Wind Turbines 1 Day

Centre for Alternative Technology, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3Fn2RMx

Rethinking household energy provision ? an in depth look at small scale wind turbines. Whether you?re thinking of installing wind turbines at home, in your community or for your business, this one day course will give you an in depth understanding of wind turbine selection, operation and installation.

03/04/2022 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.

29/04/2022 Eco Refurbishment 4 Days

Centre for Alternative Technology, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3mCg8bv

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.

30/04/2022 Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping 2 Days

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

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.

07/05/2022 Self-build Project Management 2 Days

Centre for Alternative Technology, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk c-js.info/3Bll5LK

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.

07/05/2022 Compost Toilets: Live online 1 Day

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

Online compost toilet course. Explore the construction and component features of compost toilets, the biochemistry of composting and sanitising excreta, and cultural trends governing our attitudes towards toilets such as the 'yuck' factor. Join other participants in discussing projects.

07/05/2022 Renewables for Households: Solar PV 1 Day

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

Rethinking household energy provision. Solar panels: where should you put them? How much power will you get? How much money will you save? What will your emission reduction look like? This one day course aims to answer these questions and more through a series of lectures and hands on sessions.

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 1 Day

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.

Events

09/11/2021 Addressing the climate emergency together: the importance of co-creative practices - Free Webinar at Online 1 Day

Centre for Alternative Technology Contact: c-js.info/3GbKHOe meg.stuart@cat.org.uk

CAT’s Dr Anna Bullen will explore the theory and practice of co-creative processes. Anna will cover ways CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain Hub uses these processes to identify key barriers and solutions for a just transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Taking place during COP26, United Nations Climate Change Conference.

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