Mud Brick Construction


Mud Brick Construction

Mud Brick Construction ASS103
 
Course Code ASS103
Qualification Statement of Attainment
Payment Options Upfront & Payment Plans
Delivery Online & Correspondence
Duration 100 Hours

 
Course Information

Learn to build with Mud bricks:

  • Learn to build a home, a shed, a garden room, a wall, a community building
    Study from home, any time -100 hour self paced course

  • Course developed by people who have actually built earth construction buildings

  • ACS has been teaching mud brick construction since the early 1980's

Mud Brick Construction aims to develop an understanding of how to approach building with mud bricks. Mud brick building is also known by the alternative name 'adobe'. There are other ways of building with mud brick apart from 'adobe'. These will be covered briefly in this course. For the novice, there is not a lot which can go wrong if you choose to build with mud brick.

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope of Mud Brick
    • What is Mud Construction (Adobe, Pise)
    • Advantages of Earth Construction (Cost savings, Self satisfaction, Aesthetics, Eco friendliness, Health benefits)
    • History of earth construction
    • Pise (Rammed Earth)
    • Mud Brick
    • Wattle and Daub
    • Cob
    • Cinva Ram
    • Cement Stabilisation
    • Bituminous stabilisation
    • Mortar
    • Variations in Earth Building Techniques
    • Appropriate Soils for Earth Construction
    • Finding Resources
  2. How to make a mud brick
    • Testing and working with different soils
    • Soil Tests
    • Steps in making a brick
    • Plasticity Soil Test
    • Cake Soil Test
    • Compression Tests
    • Brick Size
    • Brick Weights
    • Moulds
    • Binding Materials
    • Mixing Mud
    • Treating Bricks after they are Cast
    • Stacking Bricks
    • Troubleshooting
  3. Planning and Site Works
    • Choosing Building Materials
    • Timber (Characteristics, Selection)
    • Adhesives
    • Plastics
    • Masonary, Bricks and Concrete
    • Insulation Materials
    • Selecting a Building Site
    • Solar House Design
    • General Principles of Building Design
    • Impact of Buildings on Health
    • Dangerous Building Materials (Awareness and factors)
  4. Legal Considerations
    • Building Regulations (Variations between jurisdictions)
    • What might be regulated
    • Types of Permits
    • Building Codes
  5. Foundations
    • Strip Foundations
    • Slab Foundations
    • Specialist Engineering Advice
    • Rock and Rubble Foundations
    • Problems to Avoid
    • Sealing Foundations
    • Other Options (Masonary pillars, timber pylons)
    • Earth Floors
  6. Laying Bricks
    • Damp Proof Course
    • Methods for laying bricks
    • Making mud mortar
    • Laying mortar
    • Bonding
    • Reinforcing Walls
  7. Doors, Windows and Roofs
    • Roofing Options
    • Thatching
    • Bark (for sheds)
    • Tiles
    • Fibreglass sheet
    • Shingles (timber or slate)
    • Mud brick domes
    • Steel sheet
    • Hessian soaked in concrete
    • Earth/sod
    • Roof Pitch
    • Roof Weight
    • Roof Gardens
    • Doors and Windows
    • Lintels
    • Fixing, Joinery and Plugs
    • Ceilings
    • Timber Finishes
    • Slab Floors
    • Supported Floors
    • Floor Surfaces
  8. Finishes
    • Wall Finishes
    • Whitewash
    • Bondcrete
    • Dagga
    • Lineed Oil
    • House Paints
    • Natural Loam Render
    • Cement Render (Plaster)
    • Latex Paint Render
    • Other Options
    • Floor Finishes
    • Applying Paints and Renders
    • Natural Healthy Paints
    • Making Lime Wash Paints
    • Problems with Lime Wash
    • Aly’s Clay Paint
    • Tallow and Lime Based Coating
    • Using Commercial Paints
    • Timber Treatments
  9. Services
    • Electricity
    • Water
    • Gas
    • Toilet
    • Working with Eartyh Walls
    • Plumbing
    • Electricity Supply Systems (Turbines, generators, batteries, Solar Cells, etc)
    • Safety with Electricity
    • Electro Magnetic Radiation (Managing EMR)
    • Terminology
  10. Other types of Earth Building
    • Making Rammed Earth Walls
    • How to Build Forms
    • Tampers (Hand and air)
    • Rammed Earth Construction
    • Wattle and Daub
    • Sod Buildings
    • Cob

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

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