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Part 2: Natural Roofing Techniques Package

Unlock the secrets of roofing with India's first comprehensive online course package, featuring detailed documentation of different roofing systems.
"Indulge in a Comprehensive Study of Roofing with India's First Distinguished Online Course Collection, Exemplifying In-Depth Step-by-Step Process of Various Roofing Techniques."

This course package is perfect for architects, civil engineers, builders, researchers, owner's build and design students looking to master the art of building sustainable roofing solutions without concrete. Learn the intricacies of flat roofs, open/closed terraces, pot tile, terracotta tile and more, in order to reduce energy consumption and improve indoor air quality. Get informed on natural building roofing techniques and make the right decisions for your next sustainable project. Learn sustainable roofing techniques and start building for the future today!

Language: English
Courses: 8 comprehensive courses on natural roofing techniques
Topics: 168
Duration: 8hr 45minutes
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Validity: 365days
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About the package

"Master the Art of Building Sustainable Roofing Solutions Without Concrete with Our Collection of Online Courses Package in Natural Building Roofing Techniques."

Is it possible to have a roof without concrete? How can natural building materials be used for flat roofs and open terraces?
Join the revolution of eco-friendly roofing and discover the secrets of constructing durable, long-lasting and sustainable roofing systems like 

"An Introduction to the Art of Roofing"
"The Flat Earth Roof"
"The Madras Terrace Roof"
"The Limecrete Roof"
"The Khiru Roof from Rajasthan"
"The Adobe Roof"
"The Rustic Charm of the Country Tile/Pot Tile Slope Roof"
"The Sandwich Roof and the Majestic Terracotta Mangalore Tile Slope Roof"

Immerse yourself in a study of various roofing techniques that embody sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and long-term viability. Acquire a deep understanding of the advantages of incorporating flat roofs and open/closed terraces in natural buildings, such as reducing energy consumption and enhancing indoor air quality. Learn the intricacies of two distinct variations of pot tile and terracotta tile slope roofs. This curriculum is well-suited for architects, civil engineers, builders, researchers, design students, and anyone interested in natural building. With the acquired knowledge, make informed decisions about roofing for your next sustainable building project.

What you'll learn:

2.1 Introduction to Roofing Techniques

What is roof, Parts, categories, weights of roof, wall plate

  • What is Roof? The functions of roof and the importance of roof
  • The importance of roof in design before walls and foundation
  • The different parts of the roof - Structure and covering material
  • Impact of choice of roof upon the building
  • The effect of climate upon roof
  • Different types of roofs in different regions in India
  • Possibility of making the roof before the walls
  • Category of roof- Slope/pitched Roof & Flat Roof
  • Weight of different types of roof
  • Category of roof depending on the weight
  • Connection between roof and wall using wall plate

Slope of roof,  Different factors, categories, Covering Materials, Thatch

  • The slope of the roof - definition and function
  • Different factors which determine the slope of the roof
  • Different category of roof depending on the slope of the roof
  • Effect of wind pressure upon the roof
  • Types of covering material for sloping roof - Mangalore Tile, Country tile, Wooden Shingles
  • Thatch Roof - Different types and their life span

Stone Roof, Category & Types of Flat roofs

  • Different Types of stone roof and their structure - Using Slate and Kadappa
  • What are flat roofs - Open Terrace roofs & Intermediate roofs
  • Different type of Flat roofs - Flat Mud roof, Adobe rood, Limecrete roof Hourdi Roof, Madras terrace roof.

2.2 Flat Mud Roof

Section 1 - Introduction, journey, experimentations and what’s needed

  • Introduction to Flat Mud Roof
  • What is a flat mud roof
  • Thanal’s Journey
  • Experimentations
  • Akhila Surenderan’s Home
  • Kalari Flat Mud roof
  • Materials required for flat mud roof
  • Tools Used
  • Walls - Type of walls
  • Structure design for a flat mud roof

Section 2 - How to build the structure for a flat mud roof?

  • Wall Plate - Definition, types
  • Beams - How can bamboo be used, designed, and other materials
  • Raftes- Functions, design, alternate method with only rafters
  • Holding Surface - Purpose, materials used, an alternate method
  • Shuttering - Function and materials used

Section 3 - Mud mix preparation & filling, conclusion

  • Vapour Barrier - Purpose, Types of leaves and other materials
  • Mud Mix - Mix ratio of mud lime and plant admixtures, methods of mixing and fermentation
  • Filling the mud mix up on the roof
  • Adding a dry mix layer
  • Prototype and testing
  • Conclusion

Section 4: Finishes

  • Lime plaster
  • Surkhi lime finish
  • Cowdung finish
  • Terracotta tile 

Section 5: References and What’s next?

2.3 Madras Terrace Roof

Section1: Introduction and Prerequisites

  • How does the roof work?
  • Thannal’s Journey
  • Recent Revivals
  • What are the materials required?
  • What are the tools needed?
  • Type of walls upon which this roof can be built
  • Structure - Three types
  • Wall Plate- Function and material options

Section 2: Types of Structure and Wall Masonry

  • Structure - Case 1 - Without Beams, Only Rafters
  • Structure - Case 2 - With Beams and Wooden rafters
  • Structure - Case 3 - With Stone columns and Wooden Beam
  • Masonry work with burnt bricks and lime mortar

Section 3: Making of the roof with terrace bricks

  • Preparation for roofing
  • Making lime mortar for terrace bricks
  • Making the special kaddukai jaggery mix
  • Preparing the Terrace bricks
  • Laying the Terrace Bricks
  • First layer and second layer in detail
  • Making of the brick enclosure/parapet wall

Section 4: Limecrete Layer

  • How to do the Limecrete layer?
  • How to level the surface according to the flow of water?
  • Different mixes for limecrete
  • Beating of lime
  • Curing of limecrete layer

Section 5: Finishes

  • Lime plaster
  • Surkhi lime finish
  • Cowdung finish
  • Terracotta tile 

Section 6: References and What’s next?

2.4 Limecrete Roof

Section 1: Introduction, History and Prerequisites

  • Limecrete roof as an exposed roof and an intermediate roof
  • Traditional practices
  • Context of Limecrete at Thannal
  • Materials in use
  • Terminologies
  • Preparatory Works

Section 2: Structure and Roof opening

  • Types of structures which can support Limecrete roof
  • Making the beams and laying them
  • Rafters placement and joineries
  • Holding membrane-material options
  • How to make an opening in the roof
  • Shuttering with Wood

Section 3: Limecrete preparation & laying

  • Ingredients for preparing the mix
  • Preparation of special admixtures 
  • Preparation of limecrete Mix
  • Laying the limecrete roof
  • Fixing glass in the opening
  • Beating of lime

Section 4: Finishes & Conclusion

  • Lime plaster
  • Surkhi lime finish
  • Cowdung finish
  • Terracotta tile
  • Conclusion

Section 5: References and What’s next?

2.5 Khiru Roof

Section 1: Introduction, Origin and Prerequisites

  • What is A Khiru roof and its origin?
  • Thannal’s Journey
  • What are the materials required?
  • What are the tools needed?
  • What type of walls can withstand Khiru roof?

Section 2: Structure and initial layers

  • Structure of the roof
  • Changing the existing structure to suit it
  • Framework type of structure
  • Roof layers using branches, leaves and straw

Section 3: Final Layers and conclusion

  • Layer 4: With Mud, lime and brickbats
  • Layer 5: With Mud and Lime layer
  • Conclusion

Section 4: Finishes

  • Lime plaster
  • Surkhi lime finish
  • Cowdung finish
  • Terracotta tile 

Section 5: References and What’s next?

2.6 Adobe Roof

Section 1: Introduction and Structure

  • Introduction
  • Thannal’s Journey
  • How to Build the structure?
  • Similarities in flat mud roof and adobe roof
  • Different types of holding surface

Section 2: Making of adobe bricks

  • How to make adobe bricks?
  • Mix ratios for adobe bricks
  • How role of lime and fibres can affect the bricks?
  • How to increase strength by adding different materials?

Section 3: Laying roof 

  • Use of leaves as vapour barriers
  • Placing of adobe bricks
  • How to place the glass on roof?
  • Conclusion

Section 4: Finishes

  • Lime plaster
  • Surkhi lime finish
  • Cowdung finish
  • Terracotta tile 

Section 5: References and What’s next?

2.7 - Pot Tile Roof / Country tile roof 


Section 1: Introduction, Prerequisites and Bamboo Structure

  • What materials are needed?
  • What are the tools required?
  • Types of Terracotta tiles and how to identify them
  • Quantity of tiles required to build a roof
  • Bamboo Frame Structure design
  • Building wall plates using special joints

Section 2: Crafting Bamboo Structure step by step

  • Placing the ridge to get the required slope of the roof
  • Learn how to make rafters
  • Build connecting beams and their intricate joints
  • How to fix reapers and sizes of reapers
  • How to do a curved designer roof?
  • Undulations and Corrections

Section 3: Design and building the Bracing

  • How to build bracing for the roof extension?
  • Design of the additional supports
  • Fixing using interesting bamboo joints
  • Placing them within walls
  • Fixing using stone slabs and lime mortar

Section 4: Laying Tiles

  • Laying the terracotta tiles
  • Placing of base tiles 
  • How to check the levels
  • Testing of placement
  • Placing the ridge tile 
  • Conclusion

2.8 - Sandwich Roof using Terracotta Tile 

Section 1: Introduction and Structure

  • Introduction
  • The story behind the sandwich roof
  • Transformation of the existing structure
  • Holding surface
  • Rafters

Section 2: Barriers and Battens

  • Vapour Barrier using Leaves
  • Thermal barrier using Lime
  • Battens or Reapers

Section 3: Tiles, Skylight and Conclusion

  • Laying of Tiles and Ridge Tile
  • Placing glass for skylight using Lime mortar
  • Conclusion

Be a part of the eco-friendly revolution in roofing and uncover the secrets to building durable, long-lasting, and sustainable roofing systems. Join our 8-hour, 45-minute online course, packed with 168 in-depth topics. Enroll now and start your journey to a greener future.


What you’ll get in this package

2.1 Introduction to Roofing Techniques

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2.2 Flat Mud Roof
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2.3 Madras Terrace Roof
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