Leonardo III – STEP
The Kick-off meeting for the 3rd Leonardo project took place on 28./29./30./31. of October in Ravelsbach, Lower Austria. The projects name, STEP, stands for Strawbale Building Training and Education for Professionals. Participants are the host of the kick-off meeting, Austria – ASBN (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 – Strawbuild, Netherlands – SBN Strobouw Nederland, Hungary – Magyar Szalmaépitok Egyesülete, and Portugal – Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Cooperativa de Formacao e Animacao Cultural, COFAC. 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. See more under „About this project„
The second Leonardo partnership „European Learning Partnership for Professional Training in SBB“ has started in 2011 and lasted until 2013 with 7 partners: Germany – FASBA (Fachverband Strohballenbau Deutschland e.V.), France – RFCP-Les Compaillons, Slovakia – Pospolitost pre harmonicki zivot, Spain – Red de Constrution en Paja, RCP, United Kingdom – RESET Development, Netherlands – Strobouw Nederland and Austria – ASBN – austrian strawbale network. The results of the first SB Leonardo project have now been extended and further developed to incorporate the build and training techniques of all partners, to produce clear guidelines on best practice techniques and details, and incorporate these into a European ECVET training programme for delivery throughout Europe. For the detailed topics of the 10 developed units there are now session plans with a corresponding breakdown of knowledge, skills and competences to be met and supporting info-, exercise- and technical sheets.
The project “European Learning Partnership for Strawbale Building” was focusing in the years 2009 – 2011 on collecting and comparing the best building practice of straw bale building in European partner countries and developping the structure for a European straw bale building training. Six different techniques were documented and compared and the curriculum of training programme with 10 units was created to correspond to the frame of ECVET (European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training) to encourage future mobility of professionals all over the Europe. The partners of the project were from Belgium – Casa Calida (coordinator), Germany – FASBA (Fachverband Strohballenbau Deutschland e.V.), Spain – Arquitectos ara B, France – RFCP-Les Compaillons, Slovakia – ArTUR ( Architektura pre trvalo udrzatelny rozvoj) and the guest partner from United Kingdom – Amazonails. The last meeting of the project “European Learning Partnership for Strawbale Building” was held from 25th to 29th of May 2011 in Hruby Sur near Senec, in Slovakia. The main topic of the meeting was to organize and evaluate a trial course of one selected parts of the training program for straw bale building. The course was demonstrating Unit 2 (out of 10 Units) – different infill techniques, prefabrication and loadbearing system and various teaching methods and techniques were shown. The participants of the course were trainers and craftsmen from France, Belgium, Germany and Slovakia. The finishing of the project included also its presentation at the International Conference Healthy Houses 2011, which was held 16th and 17th of May 2011 in Bratislava, Slovakia, where the project was presented by poster presentation. The project was also presented in August at the ESBG 2011 – The European Straw Bale Building Gathering in Czech Republic [see attachment below] and on national conferences of project partners organisations. Attachments: Download this file ESBG-2011-Presentation-Leonardo.pdf 1809 Kb