Harrison Gardner is an Australian eco-builder and sustainability designer based in the West of Ireland. Harrison graced our screens as the presenter of ‘Build Your Own’ on RTÉ One. During this show, Harrison guided owner builders through the complexities and challenges of building their own homes within a tight budget, and navigating the world of construction for the first time.
Harrison is also the author of 'Build Your Own - Use what you have to create what you need'. This book instructs budding owner builders and building enthusiasts in the key principles and methods of building your own.
Harrison is co- founder and executive director of Common Knowledge, a not-for-profit which aims to empower people with skills and solutions for living a sustainable life. With 11 years broad-range experience designing and managing the construction of conventional and off-grid buildings throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, USA, Canada and South America, Harrison’s current focus is in teaching individuals how to build and maintain their own homes while constructing community spaces and sharing core construction principles and techniques.
Harrison began his career working with NGOs in East Africa and India, using conventional materials such as dimensional lumber, concrete, brick, and steel. Gradually, he moved towards natural building techniques, mastering cob, adobe plaster, straw bale, earthen brick and lime, to build structures from the Rann of Kuttch in India, to Patagonia in Argentina, and the North Western United States.
Previously Harrison was a lead foreman and teacher for Earthship Biotecture, an international sustainable building sand education organisation based in New Mexico. Their buildings are largely constructed using recycled materials, along with the principals of thermal mass, insulation, and convection to create off-grid, passive structures. They run an educational academy and a NFP humanitarian organization, providing disaster-relief housing and community buildings, whilst educating people to build autonomous, sustainable homes.
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