Settlements - Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology - PDC Byron Community College

Settlements - Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology - PDC

Settlements - Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology - PDC

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Explore some of the latest innovations in green building techniques and materials, site layout, biophilic design, home ecology, house and village design, including tiny houses. Learn how to apply design methods to preserve foods, generate energy and heat, provide domestic drinking water, treat grey and black water, composting toilets and more.

Topics covered include:

Sustainable Housing

  • Efficient Housing Design for your environment
  • Passive heating and cooling
  • New buildings/designs vs Retrofitting existing Houses
  • Selecting Appropriate Materials and Considerations
  • Integrating garden Design around the house

Appropriate technology

  • Overview of Appropriate technologies including active solar and Wind, PV Systems, Solar Hot Water
  • Efficiency in the home
  • Government Incentives
  • Stand Alone vs Grid Interactive
  • Waste management including Composting Toilets
  • Fuel Selection

Permaculture Design Course

This course module is one of 13 which make up the internationally renowned Permaculture Design Course (PDC).

You are welcome to attend just this module to learn the skills outlined above (without doing the other modules), but if you wish to gain the Permaculture Design Certificate you must complete all modules within a 12 mth timeframe and satisfactorily complete an Individual Permaculture Design Project.

What to bring

  • Notepad and pen
  • Lunch and refreshments

What to wear

There will be hands on learning components in outdoor locations so please wear comfortable outdoor work clothes as needed, this includes

  • Sturdy covered shoes or boots
  • Appropriate long pants
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Gardening gloves

Feedback from Past Students

“Lots of information but kept it easy to understand.” Ivan Johnny Ripic

“ Loads of information, so immersive, I absolutely loved all the info presented, made me think about even more things, also to consider things when I build my own house. Great. Very inspiring. Thank you!” Victoras Tatevik Abelyan

“A wide range of topics covered - which is positive.” Graham Johnson

“Really interesting & relevant content getting us thinking about real world applications of sustainable settlement technology where we live in our own Biosphere.” Jacqueline Stewart

Important information

Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a confirmation email. This email will be your receipt and inform you of the dates, time and venue of your course, it will also let you know of anything you need to take to class with you.

Please make sure that you give us a valid email address and mobile number as any course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

Students are required to be 15 years old and above at the time of enrolment.

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We keep our class sizes small so that you get a better experience. Avoid disappointment, enrol early!

Course testimonials:

  • I'm interested in bioregions, so receiving coursework tailored specifically to our local conditions was very pertinent and highly useful.
  • Small group, friendly setting, great venue--many actual examples of sustainable living techniques we can see. The building, courtyard garden and aquaponics, all inspiring to see and learn from.
  • Learnt a few new things, enjoyed the class interaction.