ESBG 2002 Austria


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ESBG 2002 in Austria (Wachau) was organised by ASBN (Herbert & Astrid Gruber) together with Global 2000 and GrAT. Some of the 120 participants: Erwin Schwarzm├╝ller (AT, Werner Schmidt (CH), Tom Rijven (NL), Axel Linde (DE), Attila Meszaros (HU), Jan Hollan (CZ), Ecodum, Herwig van Soom (BE), Bee Rowan and Barbara Jones (UK), Winfried Schmelz (host, AT), Martin Oehlmann (NL), Alice Reite (NO), Rikki Nitzkin and Maren Termens (ES), Lars Keller (DK), Robert Wimmer (AT), Roland Meingast (natur & lehm, AT), Herbert Gruber and Helmuth Santler (ASBN, AT),…


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Martin Oehlmann (blue shirt) made a practical workshop with the help of Global 2000…


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Above: Rikki Nitzkin (ES) and Erwin Schwarzm├╝ller (AT). Below: visit at the “strawbalehouse Allentsteig, a school (and the first public building in Austria), insulated with straw bales.


photocredit: Herbert Gruber, asbn (


photocredit: Herbert Gruber, asbn (

Dirk Scharmer (FASBA, DE), Axel Linde (DE), Martin Oehlmann (NL/FR) and the architect Wolfgang Tillich (Lower Austria government) beside the director of the school.

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Written by Herbert Gruber

Herbert is author of the book "Neues Bauen mit Stroh" (New Building with Straw), head of the austrian strawbale network ASBN and partner in the Leonardo-project "Strawbale Training for European Professionals (STEP). As a collector he documents European straw bale buildings since 1999 on his website (database, german), in lectures, workshops and books.