CAT Short Courses Christmas Offer

Treat your loved ones to an inspirational Short Course this Christmas!

As well as fantastic discounts in our on-site shop, CAT is offering a 10% discount on all short courses booked between now and the 31st December at midnight. Courses at CAT cover a wide range of topics, from eco-building, ecology and sanitation to woodland and green craft courses- there is something for everybody and at all levels. Contacts us now to take advantage of this special offer 01654 704 952/

Building clay ovens

New day courses for 2012 include

–      Introduction to Compost Toilets

–      Rustic Chair Making

–      Forged Tool Making

–      Greenwood Crafts

–      Introduction to Organic Gardening

–      Introduction to Horse Logging

–      Hedgerow Herbalism


This offer applies to our longer courses too, please take a look at our course calendar online, or email us your address and we’ll send you a brochure. This offer is valid until midnight on the 31st December and can be redeemed on all courses in 2012. To book contact 01654 704 952/



5 sustainable social housing projects you should know about


Last we we reported on ‘down to earth’ green building projects. A few of you contacted us to say they all looked very lovely but most people don’t have the time or money to build their own eco home. A very good point. So this week we are showing you affordable sustainable housing projects.


1. LILAC: low impact living affordable community

Building a neighbourhood which is affordable and accessible is a real priority for us. There is much talk of a crisis of affordability in terms of housing. LILAC responds to this situation. We aim to build 20 homes, which will be managed as part of a mutual home ownership scheme. LILAC



2. Radeon: eco retrofitting social housing

Many people are living in social housing that is draughty and expensive to heat. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Housing association Radian has become a leading authority on energy efficient retrofits and new builds.  Nearly 44,000 people are living in more energy efficient homes as a result, and reaping the benefits every day in lower fuel bills and a better quality of life. And by improving efficiency, Radian has achieved cuts of 34 per cent in CO2 emissions across its housing stock. Ashden Awards

3. Cotney Croft and Peartree Way

8 new low carbon family homes for social rent, enabling families to lead sustainable lifestyles and benefit from reduced bills, whilst providing a body of research on the design of sustainable, affordable housing. The project exceeds Level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, with a Code Level 6 being achieved on one house at Cotney Croft. Baily Garner Architects

4. Bearwood Road, Birmingham

The apartments are constructed using load bearing masonry and the houses use super insulated timber frames.  The houses benefit from solar thermal heating with roof mounted panels pre-warming incoming  air, ventilating the dwelling and supplementing the hot water storage.  The scheme achieved an Eco-Homes Very Good rating BM3 Architects

5. Chester Balmore, Camden, London

A 53 home residential block that will meet the Passivhaus energy efficiency standard. Willmott Dixon has won the £10 million contract for the Chester Balmore development in Highgate, which it said will be the largest residential Passivhaus scheme built in the UK so far. The Chester Balmore development will be the first new council housing built for Camden in nearly 30 years, and is due for completion in 2013. Inside Housing