Long Way Home’s Green Building Academy offers a variety of hands-on learning experiences that contribute to the development of present and future generations of skilled and socially responsible green builders. Academy graduates will emerge as ethical and creative change agents, conscious and culturally competent global citizens, and informed leaders doing their part to create a more sustainable world.

Participants will connect to their environment, and develop increased consciousness & competence relating to sustainability, environmental & ecological balance, and ethical & respectful community development. The Academy equips participants with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to apply their creativity to design and construction using sustainable, unconventional materials and low-impact methodologies with potential for off-grid implementation.




Green Building Academy (Hotel Comalapa Sol)

Food included
This includes the cost of attending the Green Building Academy (40 classroom hours & 120 Hands-on/Lab hours) as well as food and lodging for the whole month.

Lodging will be at the Hotel Comalapa Sol, complete with a communal kitchen, hot showers, and wifi.

3 meals per day are INCLUDED.


Session 1: May 5 - June 2, 2018

Session 2: July 1 - 30, 2018

What we learn in the classroom we will apply in the construction of a new house for a local family with limited economic resources in San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala.

Hands-on/Lab: 120 hours

Classroom: 40 hours

Modules: Design, Earth, Structure, Power, Septic, Water

Materials: Tires, Eco-bricks, Glass bottles, Cob, Earthbags

Nurtures knowledge, skills, and competence in the following:

  • Democratic and Social Justice Education
  • Sustainable Design, Planning, and Building Practices
  • Green Construction Methodologies
  • Cultural Sensitivity

Supports the development of personal qualities:

  • Mindful and ethical action
  • Sense of social responsibility
  • Increased self-confidence, self-awareness, and personal agency
  • Understanding and engagement in social ecology
  • Inter-cultural competence and sensitivity to cultural appropriation
  • Critical thinking/reflection



Introduction to Construction/Jobsite Safety
How to Approach the Design of Your Building
Project Budgeting and Staging
Passive Solar Design - Insulation and Thermal Mass

Understanding Earth
Testing Earth
Site Establishment and Foundations
Plasters and Mortar Mixes

Introduction to Concrete and Steel
Focus on Tire Construction
Focus on Bond Beams, Arches, Vaults and Domes
Basic Carpentry


Basic Electricity
Off-Grid Energy as an alternative to centralized energy systems
How to design your own off-grid solar energy system

Fundamentals of Water Management
Water Supply Management
Focus on Greywater
Focus on Blackwater
Focus on Pumps, Pipes and Tanks

Living Conditions.


  • shared rooms

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access


  • medium: voice calls (no video)


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