Do you want to build your own home and make it as green and sustainable as possible?

Learn how to position your home on your property to work with nature and the local climate conditions. Discover the wide variety of organic option for insulation material, and how to provide your home with sustainable energy in the form of wind and solar power. From doors, and windows to natural building techniques, you’ll find everything you need to build a greener home.

This course is your comprehensive guide to making design and construction decisions about your new home that will make it more energy efficient and have minimal impact on the environment.

Here are just some of the skills you will gain in this self-paced online course:

  • Be able to assess the factors on a site that can influence where you position your property
  • Understand the importance of working with the features of the natural landscape
  • Discover what makes for a natural building technique
  • Explore the materials and techniques involved in a wide selection of building techniques
  • Understand how insulation works and its effect on a home’s energy efficiency
  • Appreciate the characteristics of a variety of organic insulation materials
  • Assess the relative merits of different window designs and materials
  • Learn how to modify temperatures with shades, awnings and other decorative features
  • Explore design features that affect energy efficiency in a new construction
  • Discover some simple measures that can have a significant impact o the comfort of your home
  • Appreciate how wind turbines work, and how they can provide you with energy – and potentially an income
  • Understand the factors to analyze when considering installing a wind turbine
  • Discover how orientation, angle and position affect the performance of solar panels
  • Learn how solar water heaters function

By studying this course, you’ll have the confidence to make design decisions that mean your new home works in harmony with the landscape it is to sit in, treads lightly on the Earth, and provides a comfortable and welcoming home for you and your family.

The course takes in many aspects of planning and construction, including the assessment of your site to determine the optimum position for your new building, the relative merits of different window and door designs, and the options open to you if your decide to use a natural building technique – one that use organic materials and traditional construction strategies. 

  • Adobe
  • Cob
  • Rammed earth
  • Earthbags
  • Straw bales

The course also surveys the options for building your property actually into the landscape – as an earth-sheltered house.

We will also look at why insulation is one of the key factors in making a home more energy efficient, as well as exploring the characteristics of a range of natural, organic materials that can be used for insulating your property, including:

These include techniques such as:

  • Cellulose
  • Cotton
  • Sheep’s wool
  • Rock wool
  • Cork

You will discover how incorporating different design features into the plans for your home can have a big impact on the way heat acts within it. For instance, did you know how the judicious use of well-placed vents can harness the natural convection cycles of air to heat or cool the interior of your property? Or that how the drapes hang over your windows can affect how well they keep heat inside?

Alongside the drive to make the position, materials and design features of your new home as energy efficient as possible, there is also the question of how the energy you do use is provided. The course delves into two of the more common forms of sustainable energy generation available to the homeowner – wind turbines and solar panels.

We’ll guide you through the process of assessing your property’s suitability for one or other of these energy systems, and the steps you would need to take to find out what form of system you can put on your site. You’ll understand how each system works, how the location of the system impacts upon its effectiveness, and even how such sustainable energy methods can actually provide you with an income.

Build your self-sufficiency skills with a self-paced online learning experience:

We’ve focused on not just what you learn on this course, but how you learn it. We recognize that people like to learn in different ways, or appreciate being able to study information in a number of ways to help make information more tangible. That’s why this package incorporates a number of methods that you can use to work your way through the course. When you invest in this course, you’ll receive for one full year:

  • An eBook of the course
  • Access to a video animation
  • An audio-only recording of the course
  • Summaries to guide you through the sections
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge

You can choose one, two or all of these methods to construct the best learning experience for you and your lifestyle. Whether its reading the eBook in the garden, listening to the audio in the car, or watching the video of an evening, this course helps you learn better. And once you’ve completed the course successfully, you’ll receive a certificate to celebrate your achievement.

Building your own property is a dream for many people – and making it sustainable and energy efficient is good for you, the natural world, and the planet as a whole. That’s why we want as many people as possible to have access to the wealth of information in this course.

"Every building must have . . . its own soul.” – Louis Kahn

Bonus #1: Essential Guide to Building A Green Property eBook

(normally $28 retail value, yours free today!)

  • Discover a variety of natural building materials and techniques
    You’ll explore all elements of planning and constructing a property using natural building techniques. You will be able to analyze your site and choose the best solution for your needs.
  • Learn how design features influence energy efficiency
    Beyond the material you build your home out of there are a wide number of variables that can influence how green your home is. This eBook will help you make the best choices in terms of design elements such as windows, doors, insulation, vents, ducts, and awnings, so that your home is comfortable and economical.
  • Choose the right green energy solution for your home
    This eBook also explores a number of options for providing your home with green energy. You will learn about the pros and cons of wind turbines, solar heaters, and solar panels, as well as practical knowhow for choosing and installing a sustainable energy system.

Bonus #2: Ultimate Permaculture Manual eBook

(normally $28 retail value, yours free today!)

  • How to grow a variety of foods in almost any conditions
    Learn how to grow an abundant supply of fresh food year-round with a fraction of the effort of using standard gardening techniques
  • How to save money and become self-sufficient with a greywater system
    Get simple techniques for saving and recycling rainwater – providing up to 2/3 of the water your household needs
  • The No. 1 key to making your home truly healthy and safe
    Discover proven design tips for making your living space more naturally beautiful and efficient
  • Get over 700 pages of in-depth regenerative permaculture design instructions
    We've packed this manual with tips and information that will help you completely transform your home and property in ways you never imagined.

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