This is for people who are interested in having a hands-on, in-depth learning experience into the world of sustainable design, systems, construction and living. We accommodate all levels of skills and abilities.

Participants learn in the field and in the classroom resulting in a ‘full spectrum’ learning experience. There are also opportunities to study abroad by participating in special projects around the world. These projects take all the school has to offer in terms of sustainable design and construction and provides a building for the needs of the locals of a given location and circumstance. This includes disaster relief, affordable housing, building schools, building housing, infrastructural projects, etc.

Class is almost in session… This event is full but there will be many more in the Philadelphia area. We welcome students from all over the world to stay with us, learn with us and live with us.

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12 day course outline for beginners.

Organize the job site 

Tools

Materials

Definitions 

Materials Systems 

Structure

Building Layout

The Pythagorean Theorem 

Orientation 

Tire Work

Setup: Start properly & double check everything. 

Pounding Tires 

Tire Building Code 

Retaining Walls 

Harvesting Tires 

Can & Bottle Work

Can Walls 

Bottle Walls 

Concrete Mix for Can & Bottle Walls 

How to build can & bottle walls 

Plastering Can/Bottle Walls 

harvesting cans & bottles 

Buttresses

Buttress Footings 

Forming the buttress 

Footings

Interior Footings   

Exterior Footings 

Door and Window Boxes

Bottom Plates   

Build and Place the Boxes   

Top Plates   

Harvesting recycled wood   

Concrete Bond Beam

Place the Steel   

Form for the Bond Beam   

Pour the Bond Beam   

Bond Beam Wood Plates   

Liquid Waste Water Treatment

Definitions   

The path of liquid waste water

Interior Botanical Sewage Treatment Cell

a Brief Overview   

Exterior Botanical Sewage Treatment Cell

a Brief Overview   

Plumbing for Liquid Waste Water

Kitchen   

Bathroom 

Building and Plumbing the Botanical Treatment Cell

How to Connect Plumbing pipes and fittings   

Components for the Interior Botanical Treatment Cell   

Components for the Exterior Botanical Treatment Cell   

Layout   

Dig out   

Lining   

Interior Botanical Cell: Reception Box   

Exterior Botanical Cell: Septic Tank, Pre-Treatment Reception Cell   

Cutting Holes in the liner for plumbing lines.   

Connect the inlet plumbing line(s)   

Observation Stems   

Connect the Overflow Line   

PeatMoss Filter   

Filling the Planters   

Install the Submersible pump(s)   

Mini Recirculation pump Solar Power Organizing Module: MRSPOM   

gWOM & tWOM

gWOM/ tWOM Installation   

gWOM Parts   

Assembly   

Liquid Waste Water Treatment System Maintenance

Reception box   

Interior Botanical Cell   

Exterior Botanical Cell   

Pumps   

gWOM & tWOM   

Plants for the Botanical Cells

new planters, new system   

Growing Food & Existing Planters 

Water

Definitions

Fresh, Potable, Drinking Water Use

Conventional home use calculation   

Sustainable home use calculation 

Catching the water

rain water harvesting supply calculation 

Roof, Slope and Gutters

Roof   

Slope   

Gutters   

Silt Catch   

Cisterns

size the cisterns appropriately   

gravity feed   

Types of Cisterns   

Tire Cistern Construction/Installation   

Plastic Cistern Installation   

Plumb the Cistern   

Insulate & Bury The Cistern   

WOM: Water Organizing Module

the WOM   

Drinking Water Filter   

Installing the WOM   

Plumbing in the WOM   

WOM Electrical   

Initial start up   

Parts and Pieces   

Assembly   

Plumbing for Fresh Water

Kitchen   

Bathroom   

Utility   

Heating Water

Water System Maintenance

Gutters   

Silt catch   

Cistern(s) maintenance   

WOM Service And Maintenance

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