StrawbaleBuilding Training & Education for Professionals, EU


STEP – the projects name stands for Strawbale Building Training and Education for Professionals. Participants are AustriaASBN (Austrian StrawBale Network)Germany – FASBA (Fachverband Strohballenbau Deutschland e.V.)France – RFCP-Les Compaillons, Reseau Francais de la Construction en Paille, Slovakia – ArTUR, Architektura pre Trvalo Udrzatelny Rozvoj, Spain – Red de Construccion en Paja, RCP, United Kingdom – StrawbuildNetherlands – Strobouw Nederland, Hungary  Magyar Szalmaépitok Egyesülete and PortugalUniversidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Cooperativa de Formacao e Animacao Cultural, COFAC with Terrapalha.

The goals of the project are

  • to provide detailed session plans for the 10 training units, precisely detailing the knowledge, skills and competences;
  • developing a SBB training programme according to the European ECVET credit system to create accredited training on transparent and comparable levels across Europe;
  • improve the sharing of information, knowledge, experience and best practice among the partners with special regard to the dissemination of know-how on SBB to new interested partners and countries;
  • Detailing the main SBB techniques in Europe as best building practice.

That said, the overall objective of all Leonardo projects on SBB remains the same: facilitating a sustainable, renewable, energy saving, environmentally friendly solution to ecological problems and climate change in regard to building and construction material choice through professionalization of SBB at all levels.

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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.