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1974 – 2014: CAT turns 40!

2nd February 1974: “South West gale, rain. Arrived at Machynlleth with Pat Keiller. Found the Centre very much as we had left it. A Douglas Fir had fallen across the top of the road, but all the structures are intact. The evening at Lady White’s cottage, Pantperthog. Most comfortable.” - Anthony Williams, project manager at the National Centre for Alternative Technology, 1974.   2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the Centre for Alternative Technology. When the first volunteers arrived on-site... Read More ››

Build It Live: Getting Muddy with Self-Builders in Kent, 22nd & 23rd Feb

This weekend CAT is travelling to Kent and we are planning to get muddy. Like west Wales, Kent has had more then its fair share of mud recently, but our purpose is not related to the storms; we will be demonstrating some simple techniques for using earth in construction – making a cob wall and a pizza oven at the Build It Live Exhibition at GLOW, Bluewater. Build It Live is the ideal event for anyone who dreams of building... Read More ››

1974 Diary: Week One

2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the Centre for Alternative Technology. When the first volunteers arrived on-site they faced a huge challenge – turning an abandoned slate quarry into a renewable-energy-powered sustainable community. From their arrival on 2nd February 1974 through to December 22nd 1974 they kept a diary of their work. We’ll be publishing extracts from the diary on our Facebook Timeline daily throughout 2014. We will be posting weekly updates on the blog each week. You can... Read More ››

Distance Learning Blog: Architecture and Adaptation in Pakistan

CAT’s reputation for postgraduate study is known the world over. We offer a distance learning option for students keen to study on CAT’s Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies MSc. One of our current students, Suraiya, talks about her motivations for studying on this life-changing course. I am a distance learning full-time student at CAT, studying for the MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies course. I started this course in September 2012 and have completed the first year while... Read More ››

New Skills in 2014: Build a Compost Toilet

We have a host of exciting short courses taking place at CAT in 2014, and up until the end of January there’s 10% off!  From the 4th to the 6th of July discover the power of poo during our ‘Build a Compost Toilet’ short course. Although the vast majority of the UK’s houses are connected to the mains, there are some that must find alternatives to local sewage treatment works. Compost toilets can be efficient and practical, resulting in... Read More ››

Reflections on the REBE Masters so far…

A reflective guest blog from Mark Ogilvie, one of our MSc students on the Renewable Energy and the Built Environment (REBE) course. I’ve now completed four residential weeks at CAT on the REBE MSc course, and it really feels like we’re getting into the meat of the course (albeit on a strictly vegetarian diet). The weeks are pretty intensive, with long days that feel like value for money. Some of the material feels familiar, much of it is entirely new... Read More ››

New Skills in 2014: Timber Frame Building

We have a host of exciting short courses taking place at CAT in 2014, and up until the end of January there’s 10% off! One of our most popular courses is Timber Frame Building, a five day course from 31st March to the the 4th April 2014.  This course is for anyone interested in sustainable construction, timber buildings and building your own home. This course particularly welcomes participants from NGOs working in development, self-builders, construction teachers, individuals looking to... Read More ››

ZCBlog: The Story of Human Beings and Energy

Humanity’s relationship with energy presents us with some big challenges, not only for our technology, but also for our culture, society and democracy. In his recent article for Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, Paul Allen, the Zero Carbon Britain Project Officer, takes a look at how this relationship evolved and exactly where it went wrong. The extraordinary story of humans and energy began over 400 million years ago with the formation of fossil fuels. For thousands of years human societies... Read More ››

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