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Mud Brick Construction
Mud Brick Construction 100 Hours Certificate Course
Learn About Mud Brick Construction
Mud Brick Construction course online. Learn to build with mud bricks. Discover the practical techniques for mud brick building, with hands-on work for experimenting with and planning ongoing projects. Learn to test soil suitability, how to make a quality brick & test its strength.
Go step by step through the building process, plan a building, sort out permits and other legalities, site works & foundations, construction techniques, laying bricks, frames & roofs, installing services, wall finishes and more.
Lesson Structure: Mud Brick Construction ASS103
There are 10 lessons:
- Scope of Mud Brick
- What is Mud Construction (Adobe, Pise)
- Advantages of Earth Construction (Cost savings, Self satisfaction, Aesthetics, Eco friendliness, Health benefits)
- History of earth construction
- Pise (Rammed Earth)
- Mud Brick
- Wattle and Daub
- Cinva Ram
- Cement Stabilisation
- Bituminous stabilisation
- Variations in Earth Building Techniques
- Appropriate Soils for Earth Construction
- Finding Resources
- How to make a mud brick
- Testing and working with different soils
- Soil Tests
- Steps in making a brick
- Plasticity Soil Test
- Cake Soil Test
- Compression Tests
- Brick Size
- Brick Weights
- Binding Materials
- Mixing Mud
- Treating Bricks after they are Cast
- Stacking Bricks
- Planning and Site Works
- Choosing Building Materials
- Timber (Characteristics, Selection)
- Masonary, Bricks and Concrete
- Insulation Materials
- Selecting a Building Site
- Solar House Design
- General Principles of Building Design
- Impact of Buildings on Health
- Dangerous Building Materials (Awareness and factors)
- Legal Considerations
- Building Regulations (Variations between jurisdictions)
- What might be regulated
- Types of Permits
- Building Codes
- Strip Foundations
- Slab Foundations
- Specialist Engineering Advice
- Rock and Rubble Foundations
- Problems to Avoid
- Sealing Foundations
- Other Options (Masonary pillars, timber pylons)
- Earth Floors
- Laying Bricks
- Damp Proof Course
- Methods for laying bricks
- Making mud mortar
- Laying mortar
- Reinforcing Walls
- Doors, Windows and Roofs
- Roofing Options
- Bark (for sheds)
- Fibreglass sheet
- Shingles (timber or slate)
- Mud brick domes
- Steel sheet
- Hessian soaked in concrete
- Roof Pitch
- Roof Weight
- Roof Gardens
- Doors and Windows
- Fixing, Joinery and Plugs
- Timber Finishes
- Slab Floors
- Supported Floors
- Floor Surfaces
- Wall Finishes
- Lineed Oil
- House Paints
- Natural Loam Render
- Cement Render (Plaster)
- Latex Paint Render
- Other Options
- Floor Finishes
- Applying Paints and Renders
- Natural Healthy Paints
- Making Lime Wash Paints
- Problems with Lime Wash
- Alyâs Clay Paint
- Tallow and Lime Based Coating
- Using Commercial Paints
- Timber Treatments
- Working with Eartyh Walls
- Electricity Supply Systems (Turbines, generators, batteries, Solar Cells, etc)
- Safety with Electricity
- Electro Magnetic Radiation (Managing EMR)
- Other types of Earth Building
- Making Rammed Earth Walls
- How to Build Forms
- Tampers (Hand and air)
- Rammed Earth Construction
- Wattle and Daub
- Sod Buildings
Learning Goals:Mud Brick Construction ASS103
- Discuss the nature and scope of Mud Brick construction
- Identify the legal considerations which need to be met when building in mud.
- Determine the requirement for foundations for a mud construction.
- Determine options for building doors, windows and roofs into a mud building
- Analyze options for coating or finishing the surface of a mud wall or other mud construction.
- Compare options for providing water, electricity or any other required services in a mud building.
- Describe a variety of mud construction techniques other than mud brick.
Practical (Set Tasks)
- Get together a sample of earth which you might like to use to make mud bricks. This earth might be on a property where you wish to build a mud brick house, or it might be from a friend's property. Collect earth from at least a few inches below the soil.
- Find different types of soil. Give your assessment on the suitability of each for making mud bricks. Send a sample of each soil type along with your assessment of it's suitability for making mud bricks.
- Using different types of soil make test mud bricks. One mud brick should be made with each type of soil plus straw. Make another brick out of each type of soil without straw.
- Visit or contact your local council's building department. Find out from them where you can obtain a copy of `Standard Specifications' from.
- Explain step by step how you would go about putting down a concrete strip foundation for a small single story mud brick workshop.
- Lots more (These are just some examples of what you may do)
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- ADL Ebook where relevant
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice