August at The Organic Centre – Green Door events
Inspirational Homes and The Organic Centre as part of the Green Door events 2015 proudly present FREE Lunchtime Talks
“Learning from The Organic Centre Building – The Good, the Bad and the U-nique features”
by Colin Bell on Saturday 22nd August at 1pm: Colin Bell gives a performance review of the OC building with it’s unique grass roof, which is 15 years old, and will explain the rationale behind his original design and look at the changes that have been made over the years. Looking back now he will reflect on how he would design the building now.
Save water charges – harvest rainwater
by Ollan Herr on August 30th 2015 at 1pm: Ollan will give an overview of the methods and the natural technologies to be used to avoid the dependence on mains water supply by capturing rain water.
These systems require careful architectural planning by home owners and their architects for the building of their new eco home.
Weekend Courses at The Organic Centre (limited number of places available!)
August 22nd Saturday and 23rd Sunday: Building a cob oven
with Colin Ritchie and Feile Butler from mudandwood €130
On this 2 day course, learn where to find soil for building projects, how to analyse it and how to turn it into a viable building material. Participants will learn the traditional technique for foot-mixing cob (earth and straw). Then we will go on to build a cob pizza oven in the garden of The Organic Centre. This is a very practical hands-on course taking place outdoors. Bring good waterproof clothes and footwear. Clothes/footwear will get muddy.
August 22nd Saturday and 23rd Sunday: Bent willow furniture workshop
with Tom O Brien, €130
Bent-Willow Furniture, an early American craft was a familiar sight on the porches of America until the 1930’s, when modern factory-built furniture took over. On this course you will learn all the skills necessary to construct your own chair and how to adapt the skills to other furniture projects