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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Herbert Gruber

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.