Our vision is to nurture the creation of a more sustainable built environment. The Natural Building Collective is a collaborative project dedicated to educating individuals and organizations about sustainable building’s potential to stimulate the senses, connect people to their environment and awaken our inherent creative potential. We gather knowledge from our peers, we share our experience with the industry, and we honour the dynamic relationship between the building and individual with sustainable building solutions that work.
1. We facilitate CPD accredited natural building courses in South Africa for professionals, students and owner-builders. The Natural Building course is designed around the principles of understanding earth, how it works and does not work together. You will leave with the theoretical understanding and practical grounding of a range of techniques and materials, so that you are able to make the most appropriate decisions regarding materials and or sustainability once you are ready to begin your project.
2. We offer on-site training and capacity building in natural building materials, including cob, adobe brick, rammed earth, straw bale, tyres, sandbags and recycled materials amongst others. We also offer building and project management services to the industry.
3. Our blog shares practical and inspiring information about existing and new natural building and sustainable architecture projects in Africa and beyond. We accept blog posts from guest contributors so feel free to contact us if you would like to share your story.
Founder, Peter McIntosh has been building with earth since 1999 and as a result he has an exceptional level of experience and knowledge about the various natural building materials and techniques in South Africa. On a mission to spread the word about natural building he has been teaching and running natural building courses since 2010 and has honed the craft of transferring the knowledge and practical skills so you leave feeling confident and empowered to start your own project.
Peter walks the talk and he’s been living off-grid and practising permaculture in community living for the same period. We grow as much of our own food as possible, and our home is designed according to passive solar gain with various green technologies that he installed and maintains himself… from solar energy, grey water harvesting, solar food drying and sanitation to name a few.
His passion for sustainability means that he is continually looking for ways to increase his understanding and improve his skill-set, including building with plastic waste and tyres. Recently he’s set his sights on social development and innovation within the industry. He is working closely with the City of Cape Town on several natural and sustainable building projects in some of the poorest communities in the city.
Physical address: Berg-en-dal farm, Hoeko, 6655 Ladismith, Western Cape, South Africa
Tel.: +27 (0)83 527 1982 / 076 999 8043