The Natural Building Collective is a platform for sharing knowledge and information about natural and sustainable building in southern Africa. This is achieved in a number of ways:
- First, through the facilitation of CPD accredited natural building courses;
- Second, through a blog that shares practical and inspiring information about existing and new natural building projects in Africa and beyond;
- Thirdly, through onsite training and capacity building in a wide range of materials, including cob, adobe brick, rammed earth, straw bale, tyres, sandbags and recycled materials amongst others;
- Lastly, through building and project management.
Founder Peter McIntosh started building with natural materials in 1999. Since then he has ran a natural building company for six years in Cape Town, but in 2010 shifted his focus to training, mentoring and building the profile of natural and sustainable building in southern Africa. This is achieved through providing a platform for people involved in natural building, be they architects, educators or social development practitioners via the blog. The Natural Building Collective operates on the principle of cooperation with like-minded individuals and organisations to further the aims of sustainable and natural building. Peter’s home-life demonstrates living sustainably, including living off-the-grid in a straw bale mudbrick earth-sheltered house at Berg-en-dal, and growing as much of his own food as possible.
Natural building courses
Peter McIntosh will be hosting two CPD accredited courses in 2016! These include:
17 April – 23 April 2016: Natural building course: materials and techniques (7 category 1 SACAP points) ~ Venue: Wild Spirit Backpacker’s Lodge, Nature’s Valley
If you would like some more information about these courses, please contact Tarien at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or, find us on Facebook.
3 ways to be part of the collective?
1. Find us on Facebook.
2. Share natural and sustainable building related news and events taking place in southern Africa on our Facebook page.
3. We also accept posts from guest contributors. If you would like to make a once-off contribution, or if you’re getting ready to start your own build, and would like to make a regular contribution please contact us, telling us about your project.