Nuno Catarino - Eco builder, Teacher
Nuno is the other half of our eco building team. He has the knowledge and experience in earth bag construction, rammed earth, stone wall building, cob building and cob art, woodwork, geodesic dome construction and working with canas, the local bamboo like grasses. He is trained in the CanyaViva arch building method.
CanyaViva is a construction model that respects nature as a fundamental principle. The construction method began with the observation of the cane in its natural state and the spaces in the river created by it's growth. Upon contact with the plant the steps were defined and the CanyaViva method parameters that optimize the use of the material were established. To build flexible and organic structures, but also strong and stable, able to withstand winds, floods and even earthquakes.
We want to expand the use of natural materials, abundant and renewable. Besides that the cleaning of bamboo and cane fields helps to prevent fires and floods, it stimulates plant growth, favoring the establishment of large amounts of CO₂ and improves the quality of material year by year.
Besides ecobuilding Nuno's knowledge expands to cork harvesting and care of Oak tree's, which is the local industry.