Eco-Construction & Maintenance Projects

Eco-construction maquettes.

Yurt

Description:

Sunseed is the perfect place to research, learn about and experiment with eco construction techniques. Through creating maquettes (scale models) – of geodesic domes, yurts, cob houses, and cane structures to name just a few – volunteers can learn in detail about these designs and structures, with a view to working on the real thing in future.

These models will become a beautiful educational exhibit for visitors, volunteers and school groups, and a reference for all those who come to work on eco-construction projects in future.

Skills:

Ability to research independently and work with fine details.

Duration:

3+ weeks.

Redesign our outside area.

Description:

Sunseed has several outside spaces with great potential, but that are in need of a redesign to create harmonious, user-friendly spaces that make best use of the land available. Perhaps you have experience in permaculture or other design techniques and would like to put this into practice? Sunseed is the perfect place to experiment and create a design that will have a real impact on those who use it.

Skills:

Understanding of basic design principles would be beneficial, and/or willingness to research and learn.

Duration:

2+ weeks (depending if it is just design, or design and build)

Natural pigments and paints.

Pigments

Description:

This project involves the researching, collection and processing of local natural pigments for the elaboration of natural paints using flour or lime. With the support of the eco-construction coordinator, the volunteer will experiment with different materials and techniques to find appropriate eco-friendly solutions to painting structures in Sunseed, making them more attractive and durable.

Skills:

None.

Duration:

Duration: 1 – 2 weeks

Stone flooring.

Stone Path

Description:

Would you like to practice technical skills such as tiling or paving? Our outdoor areas are in need of new flooring, so it’s up to you to create beautiful, safe floors and walkways for the project that will make our outdoor spaces attractive and easier to clean! Undertaking this project will ensure that you leave a durable mark on Sunseed’s appearance.

Skills:

None required, but a methodical approach and eye for detail is a must!

Duration:

Duration: 1 week +

Recycled showroom.

Recycled showroom

Description:

This project will enable a volunteer to learn and experiment with different sustainable construction techniques. You will build sample structures to demonstrate to visitors, volunteers and school groups the functions and usefulness of recycled and natural materials in construction, including “eco-bricks” (unrecyclable plastic sheets stuffed into plastic bottles), glass bottles, cob and rammed earth.

(Shown in picture is a retaining wall made of tyres rammed with earth and bottles at a Brighton earthship)

Skills:

None required, as you will be supported by the eco-construction coordinator, though basic construction skills are welcome, and a desire to undertake own research and learning is a must.

Duration:

Duration: 3 Weeks – 1 month

Furniture making

Furniture making

Description:

Learn to make benches, tables, doors, cabinets, cupboards all from recycled materials such as pallets, cane, and reclaimed wood.

Skills:

None required, but a willingness to learn and ability to take care of our tools is a must!

Duration:

Depending on complexity of project – one week and upwards.

Reciprocal frame structures

Furniture making

Description:

Learn the technicalities and techniques of building reciprocal frame structures for roofs, domes and yurts.

Skills:

Some basic technical skills would be useful, and/or a methodical and precise attitude to planning and execution.

Duration:

3 weeks

Efficient and aesthetic illumination

Furniture making

Description:

We are looking forward to someone willing to make Pita lampshades and reflectors for the lights. Pita is the beautiful flower of the agave plant which is used for many different things in the valley including making djembes, didgeridoos and … lampshades! The Pita plant grows in the valley and fits well with our intention of using local and natural resources. Basic woodworking tools are available and the job is really rewarding (every evening).

Actual state of the illumination of the Sunseed facillities. A lot of lamps have nice lamp shades made of Pita, but many existing lights are not optimally efficient. Some lampshades are lacking reflectors and shades and others are not utilizing the most efficient or appropriate type of bulb. And above all, our many bare bulbs are not very aesthetic.
We wish to improve the illumination for the Sunseed facilities.

The research part of the project consists of evaluating the current situation, identify the right places for ergonomic and efficient lighting light output needed [lumen] the opening angle [degree] correlated color temperature [Kelvin color temperature scale]

The practical part of the project consits of work on a plan for improvements we can do and of course, fabricating and installing various lamp-holders, lamp-shades, reflectors
Optional solutions to make our lights efficient and ergonomic are the integration of movement sensors and light relays in the light system.

Future perspective of the illumination of the Sunseed facillities. Lampshades are not only aesthetic items in combination with reflectors they also greatly influence lighting efficiency by directing light where its needed. For the future we want a combination of energy efficient and athmospheric illumination in the living areas. In the working areas should be well lighted workspaces to support a healthy and happy workaday life.

Skills:

This project would be ideal for someone with an interest in working with the incredible natural material Pita wood from the harvesting stage to the latest finishing touches. Good carpentry skills required. The AT department will support and advise the volunteers espacially with the electrical insatallation but although with the woodwork and the tools.

Duration:

The expected project duration is 4 to 12 weeks.