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Peter Cowman tries to figure out which way is ‘up’

2-day LEARNING HOW-TO DESIGN AND CONSTRUCT LOW-COST, LOW-IMPACT, ECO-BUILDINGS
Hands-On Workshop
Saturday/Sunday March 9/10th at Cahir, Co. Tipperary

An excellent opportunity to learn the secrets of Sheltermaking from the man who dreamed it all up in the first place, Peter Cowman. Connect with real people in real time doing real things.

With Special Guest, Gerard Greene of Greene Natural Paints who will lead a session on making and using eco-paints!

FOR BOOKING, ENQUIRIES, Etc. TALK TO THE MAN HIMSELF – PETER COWMAN ON 076 602 6046 or, 086 10 22 400

Limited places! Secure your place for €25 – book now!

Fee: €135 (€125 concession )
Attend 1 day only* €75 (concession €70)

*Attend either day for €75 and you’ll have the option of purchasing the EconoSpaceMaking Course on disc for only €60 [RRP €90] to fill in the bits you miss!

This Workshop will be preceeded by an Evening Talk/Presentation by Peter Cowman, ‘Awakening Our Sheltermaker Genes’ on Thursday March 7 at The Common Thread Cafe, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary at 7.30pm

A word from our hosts, Stella Coffey & Richard Auler about the venue:

‘It’s a farm like thousands of others, the only difference which is not even easy visible, is that we are certified organic. One difference is indeed that we are actively preparing this place, and ourselves, for a future without fossil fuels. While doing this we want to share experiences and failures with like-minded people.’

THE WORKSHOP

The EconoSpace Concept

The workshop will focus on the design and construction of a 25sqm, green, low-impact sustainable shelter – called an EconoSpace – that can be made on a shoestring budget in the average backyard without planning permission.

Economical, versatile and adaptable, EconoSpaces are an ideal ‘starter building’ for those wishing to explore the world of low-cost eco-building. They will also appeal to people needing additional space for guests, creativity, home offices and so on.

Some of the many uses to which an EconoSpace can be put:
Art Studio
Unit of Dwelling
Playhouse
Storage Room
Meditation Space
Home Office
Bath House
Garden Building
Computer Room
Site Office
Writers Retreat
Love Shack

This Workshop will demonstrate the process of designing and constructing eco-buildings. The EconoSpace will be the example that will be followed. Students can configure an individual version of this charming building then see how the real thing is fabricated and constructed. This is a unique opportunity to learn these essential skills and to directly engage with the sheltermaking process. The experience will be both intense as well as empowering.

WORKSHOP PROGRAMME

DAY 1

Getting your ideas down on paper
Drawing & modelmaking
Creating a design
Economics and setting out your budget
Selecting and surveyng potential sites
Planning & Building Regs.

Basic structural concepts
Selecting materials+products
Natural paint Workshop with Gerard Greene of Greene Natural Paints

Setting up a workshop
Skills experience
Making peter-posts
Making floor beams
Preparing rafters

Debrief+Wrap-Up

DAY 2

Setting out the frame
Laying out floor beams
Assembling wall frames
Erecting wall frames
Installing rafters

Making and installing window and door frames
Infilling with clay-straw
Clay-straw plastering

Natural paint Workshop with Gerard Greene of Greene Natural Paints

Debrief+Wrap-Up

Limited places! Secure your place for €25 – book now!

Fee: €135 (€125 concession ) Attend 1 day only* €75 (concession €70)

*Attend either day for €75 and you’ll have the option of purchasing the EconoSpaceMaking Course on disc for only €60 [RRP €90] to fill in the bits you miss!

EconoSpaceMaking Course
Sustainability begins in your own backyard. That is the compelling argument which architect Peter Cowman puts forward in the EconoSpaceMaking Course, a dynamic combination of text, drawings, photographs and video information.

By learning how to create a small sustainable shelter – with no need to first obtain planning permission – we are offered the opportunity to regain territory lost to an economic system which depends on mortgage debt to fuel its
insatiable growth.

From drawing to modelmaking, from concept to built reality, EconoSpaceMaking provides you with the means to create your own living architecture and to discover, in the process, who you really are.
EconoSpaceMakers can also participate in a dedicated online Forum where they can exchange ideas and information as well as keeping up with the latest developments.

Participants will be getting hands-on making and assembling the components of this superb EconoSpace design which Sharon Ponsford has created for her partner Gerry Quigley. After the Workshop the disassembled structure will be transported to Ballyvourney in west Cork where the building will be finally erected.

So, this is not just some vacant theoretical exercise – it’s the real thing! Designing and making a low-cost building. Sharon plans to complete the EconoSpace with clay-straw. This technique will be demonstrated over the weekend.

SPECIAL GUEST! Artist and natural paint expert Gerard Green will deliver a Session on natural paintmaking over the weekend!

Here’s what Sharon has to say about it all – she’s an Aussie, by the way, who’s just moved here with her Irish partner Gerry Quigley

The Econospace … Gerry being a musician it has always been very important to him to have his own creative space away from the house, where he can be without interruptions while writing his music.  His own music “cave”.   I have been wanting to build an econospace ever since I first did your workshop all those years ago (can’t remember exactly, maybe 6 years?) So when we moved to our 2.5 acres here in Ireland recently, I decided very quickly that my first building project would be an econospace for Gerry.

The next thing was to choose the site … you would think with 2.5 acres that would be no problem!  But we are on the side of a mountain and I didn’t want to disturb the earth energies in the ground by excavating a level site … our block is quite special as in one of our fields we have a faerie fort, or ring fort and also a large standing stone.  So the first day it stopped raining I walked around outside and I measured up a large gravelled area next to the house and found that it was perfect. It has a slight slope, which I don’t think will be a problem at all.  In the centre of the gravel is a drain to a soakwell, and the septic tank is well clear of the area, much further down hill. Also by positioning the econospace 1.8 metres from the main house it gives the opportunity for us in future to connect the econospace to the main house with a fully glazed and enclosed entry space, making it more comfortable for Gerry to move between the two buildings on those rainy winter days.  The glazed entry will also help to minimise heat loss in winter when moving between the buildings.

The design was developed with octagonal ends in order to give the building great acoustic performance.  According to many books and articles I have studied in the past on home theatre design the octagonal room shape is best for sound quality.  This is also demonstrated by the “Octagon Theatre” at the University of Western Australia in Perth where I am sure the shape was chosen for the same reason.  The econospace also needed to be big enough that it could double as a rehearsal room for Gerry’s 5-piece band.  So we think the final plans will be perfect and are very excited about the project!

Peter Cowman tries to figure out which way is ‘up’

So there you have it. An excellent opportunity to learn the secrets of Sheltermaking from the man who dreamed it all up in the first place, Peter Cowman. Connect with real people in real time doing real things.

Limited places! Secure your place for €25 – book now!

Fee: €135 (€125 concession )
Attend 1 day only* €75 (concession €70)

*Attend either day for €75 and you’ll have the option of purchasing the EconoSpaceMaking Course on disc for only €60 [RRP €90] to fill in the bits you miss!