If you're building a sustainable home, you might just be considering a compost toilet. This course explains how to build a range of different compost toilets, from the very basic to luxury models. It includes the large-scale – a toilet block for a campsite - and the small-scale – a toilet extension for a house -plus retrofitting a compost toilet indoors. It deals with the theory of how they work, including urine separation, using the compost, and keeping everything ticking along nicely - essentially everything you ever wanted to know about compost loos! The course is led by tutor Cordelia Rowlatt, who runs Vallis Veg in Somerset with her partner. They are off-grid, and have a range of compost toilets for themselves and for their campsite. She believes you should never take your toilet for granted.

What's included in the price?

As well as over 3 hours of video tutorials with tutor Cordelia Rowlatt, the course includes 29 accompanying pdf texts, the entire text of our "Compost toilets: a practical DIY guide". - Introduction - What is a compost toilet? - Decompostion - Carbon:nitrogen ratio - Pathogens / hygiene - A bit of history - Basic bucket toilet system - First Vallis Veg toilet - Market garden and campsite toilets - Market garden toilet - Campsite toilet - Campsite washblock toilet - New campsite toilets (with waterless urinal) - Our first house toilet - The house toilet (including pest control) - Processing the urine and faeces - Benefits: comparisons with other systems - Benefits: water, soil, pollution, energy, cost - Buying a compost toilet - Various types of basic compost toilet - What happens to the urine? - Urine separation and processing - Faeces treatment - Wormeries - Building an indoor compost toilet: tools, materials, planning - Chambers - Hatch - Urinals & drains - Steps & platform - Vent - Seat - Handbasin, fly-trap, extras - Building a toilet as a house extension: introduction - Tools - Flue - Room, chambers, accessibility & separating systems - Connecting the urine tank - The seat - Waterless urinal - Use and maintenance - Questions and troubleshooting - Regulations - The future - Conclusion After purchasing, we will be in touch via email and issue you with your personal link to access the course.

What you will need

This course is best viewed via a computer rather than a mobile phone or tablet. You will also require Adobe Acrobat or similar in order to view the pdf text elements.





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We've teamed up with specialist tutors to provide an exciting range of online courses covering all aspects of sustainable living, from crafts to compost toilets and soap-making to straw bale building. As well as our online courses here, find a host of free materials to help you live more sustainably at www.lowimpact.org.

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  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Suitable for beginners
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