Eco construction

ecoconstrubction

Department Description: The Eco-Construction and Maintenance (EC&M) Department is responsible for the upkeep and expansion of the project site and our buildings. Read more…

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Eco-Construction and Maintenance Department

The Eco-Construction and Maintenance (EC&M) Department is responsible for the upkeep and expansion of the project site and our buildings. This requires the regular repair and maintenance of the project buildings and services, including the houses, irrigation line. The line needs cleaning and on occasions dams and other structural improvements to the system need to be made.

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The EC&M Coordinator is also responsible for the initiation and implementation of new works for infrastructure and research purposes. In all cases a mixture of traditional and ecological building methods and materials are used.

In addition the Eco-Construction coordinator/s are committed to new innovation on the project, so encourage volunteers to come with an idea of the work they hope to achieve.

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Eco-construction Co-ordinator

Sunseed Desert Technology is currently recruiting a volunteer Eco-Construction and Maintenance (ECM) Coordinator. Sunseed is a British project based in Spain, which aims to develop, demonstrate and communicate accessible, low-tech methods of low-impact living in a semi-arid environment.

Background

Sunseed is a lively international community and educational project of volunteer staff and volunteers. Situated in a beautiful valley we are off-grid and water sovereign and committed to environmental stewardship.

Living at Sunseed as a community member means more than simply doing your job well, you will be expected to put your environment first and personal needs second.

The responsibilities of the Eco Construction and Maintenance Co-ordinator are wide and require all-round skills ranging from plumbing repairs to joinery. Volunteers from many countries are keen to help with the building work, often having more enthusiasm than skills. Good teaching and supervisory skills are therefore required along with an excellent understanding for the need and application of clear Health and Safety standards.

An irrigation channel dating from the time of the Moors runs through the village and is crucial for watering the gardens. The channel requires much maintenance, both to clear landslips and to mend leaks.

In line with our philosophy we recycle and reuse materials wherever possible and make as much use from locally available materials such as river stones and caña (a locally growing cane). However, we are wanting to incorporate more ecological building materials into the traditional method of building.

The work includes ongoing infrastructure improvements such as roof repairs, mending doors and windows, rodding and clearing pipes from the urinals and water collecting system. There are also many opportunities to design and implement new ideas to improve the running of the project and working with other departments to provide the construction element of new set ups is another major aspect of the work.

Co-operation with the Appropriate Technology department occurs frequently, sometimes assisting with the repair of the hydraulic ram pump or the solar water heating systems, and therefore there is the opportunity to learn more about the renewable energies used on the project.

Please contact Sunseed for an application pack, by email sunseed@sunseed.org.uk or phone +34 950 52 57 70.

For more information about Sunseed Desert Technology please visit our website www.sunseed.org.uk

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