Eartha welcomes all those who have a passion for and want a greater understanding of earth building in all its forms including: the conservation and repair of existing earth buildings, the construction of new earth buildings and the promotion of earth and other natural materials for a more sustainable and healthier built environment.
Since 1994, EARTHA has been active in:
- Establishing a network of professionals and craftsmen and women who have an interest in the study, maintenance and promotion of earth buildings in East Anglia.
- Providing a forum for discussion of issues relating to earth building in East Anglia
- Providing advice on repair and maintenance of earth buildings through its membership.
- Establishing links with groups and individuals working with earth buildings in other parts of Britain and abroad
- Publishing technical papers that cover various aspects of earth construction repair and maintenance.
- Encouraging and supporting training in the field of earth building and associated skills
- Encouraging the development of earth building techniques for new buildings.
- Investigating the potential of earth construction as a low energy, low environmental impact building technique
Constitution: East Anglian Regional Telluric Houses Association
By resolution on Monday 21st November 1994 there came into existence an association, to be registered in due course as a charity, henceforth to be known as EARTHA. (The East An glia Earth Buildings Group).
The aims and objectives are to encourage the development of expertise and understanding in all aspects of earth building in the east of England by:
a) Establishing a network of people from various professions and trades all of whom have an interest in the study, maintenance and promotion of earth buildings in the east of England: through links with ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) it will join with other networks in the United Kingdom and worldwide.
b) Providing a forum for discussion of issues relating to earth building in the east of England.
c) Providing advice on the repair and maintenance of earth buildings through an information service, the publication of technical guidance and the organisation of practical demonstrations, exhibitions and seminars.
d) Establishing mutually beneficial links with groups and individuals working with earth buildings in other parts of the Britain and abroad.
e) Collaborating with other networks to prepare and publish information manual covering all aspects of the construction, repair and maintenance of earth buildings including composite structures, daubs, renders and plasters.
f) Encouraging and supporting training in the field of earth building and associated skills.
g) Encouraging the revival of appropriate earth building techniques for new building construction and investigating the potential of the material for low energy buildings.
h) to promote earth building and other natural, sustainable materials and building techniques to help address and mitigate the current environmental crisis.
In pursuance of the aims and objectives the association shall hold annual workshops and AGM, normally in the early autumn.
Eartha shall be managed by a Management Committee, whose members will be drawn from the wider Association membership. The Management Committee shall consist of at least 5 and not more than 8 members of Eartha. The quorum of the committee shall be 50% of the membership but not less than four committee members.
When a vacancy occurs, new committee members, who must be unanimously approved by the existing committee, can be invited to join. The committee must be confirmed by the membership at the AGM. The committee may also co-opt Eartha members, should that become necessary, between consecutive AGMs
The Management committee must elect from amongst its number a chair, a membership secretary and a Treasurer.
The management committee shall normally meet at least three times a year to transact formal business on behalf of the Association and in particular to work towards the furtherance of the aims and objectives of the Association.
The Association shall establish an annual subscription, to be reviewed by the Management Committee and agreed by the AGM from time to time.
The Management Committee shall establish and maintain a bank or building society account for the good ordering of the financial affairs of the Association.
Accounts shall be kept of all monies received and expended by the Association and those accounts shall be examined and reported on by the Management Committee and approved by the membership at the AGM.
There shall be a regular publication of the transactions and an informal newsletter