Here is the summary of the application for the Leonardo project: Summary of Application PDF
European Learning Partnership for Professional Training in SBB
- There is unanimous agreement amongst leading SB practitioners in Europe that it is important to deepen and extend the very useful work in regard to the Europe wide training programme and that there is a need of detailed session plans for the 10 training units, precisely detailing the knowledge, skills and competences to be met, together with providing information, exercise and technical sheets for the training program, to be drawn from the collective best practice experience of the partner countries, and to be made freely available throughout Europe.
- Developing the SB training programme according to the European ECVET credit system is an opportunity to create accredited training on transparent and comparable levels across Europe. This will implement better and more European access to the local experience of the different members, therefore creating opportunities for new jobs in SB-building techniques all over Europe.
- Sharing information, knowledge, experience and best practice with the partners organisations in Europe gives them the possibility to develop an ECVET based program to be able to adopt best practice build and training from an early stage.
- Working together will also give us feedback about how we can support newly interested people, organisations, countries in their development and learning process and how this process can be improved.
- There is a growing awareness of the importance and impact of new technology in building with environmentaly friendly, sustainable, thermally efficient and natural materials – such as strawbale, lime, clay and wood.
- A best building practice (BBP) model that freely shares the detail of the most important European SB building techniques will open new perspectives in the field of eco design and build for architects, engineers and craftspeople. It is imperative that the most fully sustainable, effective, appropriate options are available for common use, and this requires sharing technical detail of best practice.
- Developing Best Building Practice and incorporating this into a professional training may facilitate regulatory approval for SBB across Europe.
- The resulting SB-building training programs can be actively used by the partner organisations to support local architects and training and building organisations to evaluate design options for Straw Bale building, as well as offering a high quality and partner approved training program.
- The partner organisations can invite local / national vocational training institutions to implement the SB training programme, for this to be adapted and incorporated into their existing national vocational qualification frameworks.
The objectives of this partnerships are:
- Establishing a European SB training programme based on the ECVET system of credit points for 10 units, divided into (sub)topics each with detailed session plans and supporting documents
- Detailing the main SBB techniques in Europe as Best Building Practice
- Making high quality training accessible and transportable to craftspeople all over Europe
- Facilitating a sustainable, renewable, energy saving solution to energy and climate change in construction material choice.
- The resulting BBP models and the training program can be used to support local and national strawbale building development. The training programme can be incorporated into individual national partner vocational training and qualification frameworks.
THE EUROPEAN ADDED VALUE
We are creating opportunities for crafts people to improve/upgrade their existing skills to the level of a SB builder with an accepted level of specific knowledge, skills and competences, that will be recognised Europe wide.
- Experience of individual methods is different for each country, and the ECVET credit system makes it possible through participation at different training institutions all over Europe to collect the different training units (eg: the loadbearing unit can be taken in the UK because of their accepted expertise in this topic)
- The ECVET SB training programme will improve the mobility of SB people (architects, crafts people, self builders and trainers) across Europe
- An overview of collected European BBP and a European SB training program could be the base for developing European regulations and certifications in relation to SB in the future within Europe, and assist its ease of development.
- The agreed knowledge collected in the Best Building Practice models will offer clear options on the methods of building with straw by the EU partners, which will enable the transfer and exchange of skills, technology and experience among the partner countries and possibly also among the other EU countries. The resulting overview will also exist as a platform for continuing this exchange afterwards.
- The in-depth survey of the European SB-building techniques will also give a better overview of areas that need more detailed research and testing, which will be of value to future students, researchers and the universities and built environment colleges of Europe.
- The dissemination and sharing of collected information will be made available to support other SB organisations in other European countries, who at the moment do not directly participate.
THE IMPACT OF THIS PROJECT
- Growth of knowledge about SB in general and on BBP in particular, which will create a structure that can be added to in the future with appropriate updates.
- More professionalism regarding SB knowledge and skills will lead to more experienced and skilled trainers, able to educate and support the development of SBB techniques.
- A growing quality of information will lead to better access for interested clients, local authorities, built environment professionals and SB builders.
- More quality-assurance of SB building for both professionals and clients.
- More job creation in the national SB organisations and for building professionals.
- As SBB techniques are easily accessible to all, more work possibilities will be created for women on european building sites, as well as minority and hard to access groups.
- More understanding of the different European cultural backgrounds and national building traditions of different techniques.
- With a better understanding of our cultural diversity and our similarities, we can create better cooperation on a trans-european level.
- Recognition of the cultural heritage of each partner country and the revival of the use of traditional building techniques and materials in the context of SB building.
- Intensively working together in a project will lift all partners to a higher level of expertise on SB; such collaborative working will positively influence the development of the partner organisations themselves, and will create a solid foundation for on-going exchange and networking. It will offer opportunity to other european countries for faster development in the field of SB building.
- The exchange of knowledge in different (international) SB-techniques will lead to higher quality and a wider range of national/regional SB education and workshop-programmes as well as improving the level of support and consultancy offered to professionals and companies.
- The combined outcomes of the training programme and the BBP models will address existing barriers to the implementation of quality low and zero carbon, energy efficient, affordable, low embodied energy buildings of local, natural materials.
INTEGRATION INTO ONGOING ACTIVITIES
Almost all of the partners within their in-country SB organisations have experience of delivering education/courses/workshops/training about SB and learned new methods and content to implement into their own national courses
- the participating countries take advantage of the technical details and evaluation systems developed by the BBP as well as knowledge gained from visiting best practice building sites and SB houses during the meetings
- during the process of the Leonardo project the partners give presentations about their own national SB organisation’s work in their own country, showing results of the ongoing activities and sharing gained knowledge
- the participating organisations adapt and incorporate the results of the partnership project within their own strawbale training systems and within their own national vocational training qualification systems. Both elements of the partnership project results offer a good evaluation tool for each partner country for the improvement and development of their own SBB techniques or SB training program
DISSIMINATION AND USE OF RESULTS
- The local vocational education organisations (built environment) can participate by integrating the results in their training programmes.
- It is an opportunity to create new jobs in SBB as trainers, consultants, architects, engineers and crafts people and through such job creation and upskilling, the partners will spread the results of this Leonardo project in their local community.
- The promotion, demonstration and implementation of more sustainable construction techniques will have a positive impact on the local environment (and therefore on the local community) through demonstrating viable alternative solutions like SB-building.
- Individuals from each SB organisation will be personally upskilled and motivated and more likely to promote SB technologies and methods
- Dissemination of the project results will be via the partner websites, press release emails to target groups, via existing networks and presentations by the partners at trade fairs, conferences etc.
- On biannual ESBG European gatherings & conferences/meetings with SB organisations across Europe – we will spread/exchange/share the results, benefits & opportunities created through this project.