In 2011 RESET Development was selected as a country partner to the Leonardo da Vinci II Programme, to help design a straw bale training programme and standards for the EU.
Working in partnership with UK straw bale experts Barbara Jones and Bee Rowan, who led the previous Leonardo I Straw Bale Construction programme through Amazonails, RESET is supporting the development of professional training units in association with 6 other country partners, coordinated by the German strawbale association Fachverband Strohballenbau.
Once developed, this training programme and qualification will be transferable throughout the EU. A summary of aims and activities is below.
The 2-year Programme runs from September 2011 - July 2013.
For more information on the Programme:
European Strawbale Network | Leonardo - European Learning Partnership for Strawbale Building
* Fachverband Strohballenbau Deutschland e.V., Germany | Coordinator
* Strobouw, Netherlands
* RESET Development, UK
* Les Compaillons Réseau Français de la construction en paille, France
* Pospolitosť pre harmonický život, Slovakia
* Red de Construcción en Paja, RCP, Spain
* asbn – Österreichisches Netzwerk für Strohballenbau, Austria
* Good Building Practice
Activities and Results of the Working Groups
Tasks of the Leonardo partnership to be integrated by the working groups
The results of the first Straw Bale Leonardo I project will be extended and developed. We will incorporate the building and training techniques of the new partners, to produce clear guidelines on best practice techniques and details, and incorporate these into a European ECVET training programme for delivery throughout Europe.
The detailed topics of the 10 training units developed will each be integrated in session plans, skills, knowledge and competences will be defined and each topic will be supported by information, exercises and technical sheets for the target group of professionals, craftspeople and trainers.
The Good Building Practice Group (GBPG) will use and further develop the results of Leonardo I. Its main focus is the 4 main construction types used in Europe and on developing the details for each of these construction techniques, especially details of foundations, roofs, ceilings, windows and other openings. There will be 2D and 3D drawings by hand and electronic, explosion drawings, animations and illustrations, pictures or short videos, for these materials to be used within the training units.
1 | Load-bearing (usually pre-compressed) without additional timber and frame construction
2 | Wrapping techniques to add straw bale walls to an existing building to improve thermal quality (refurbishment) or on one side of a new timber and frame construction (inside or outside)
3 | Post-and-beam (1) construction, centered on a straw bale wall (structural elements smaller than straw bales)
4 | Post-and-beam (2) construction with diagonal bracing or structural boards
All details for each of these construction methods will be explained on info sheets and will address:
* vapour (diffusion-open construction, sd-values)
* liquid water (moisture, rain, splash back, moisture barriers and breaks)
* material quality (building physics, performance, technical issues, database)
* fire safety (tests, materials, construction)
* air-tightness (plaster, boards, glued boards, air-strips, connection windows/doors)
* windproof facade (plaster, boards, glued boards, air-strips)
* sound-insulation (heavy materials, sound insulation materials, tests)
* thermal efficiency (bale quality, tests, cold-bridges, additional insulation, heat storage)
* structure (bale quality, compression, timber and frame construction, statics, structural tests)
Training Programme Development
Knowledge is defined as the things people have learned and understood (with their head), skills are defined as what people have experienced practically and that they can do (with their hands), competences are related to personal ability and to responsibility.
The Training Programme is being developed in the following Units:
Unit 1 (25 h): Straw Talk (Basic Knowledge on straw/straw bales as a material) | France
Unit 2 (25 h): From Bale to House (Techniques for Infill and Pre-Fabrication) | Germany
Unit 3 (25 h): Techniques for Load Bearing and Hybrid | United Kingdom
Unit 4 (25 h): Straw bales as external insulation (Wrapping and Retrofitting) | Spain and Slovakia
Unit 5 (25 h): Finishes (Plasters and cladding) | Germany
Unit 6 (30 h): Building Physics and Sustainability | France
Unit 7 (35 h): Concept for House Design and Maintenance | Spain and Slovakia
Unit 8 (25 h): Marketing and Communication | Netherlands
Programme Meeting dates
Austria | 9th - 14th | Ravelsbach nr Vienna
UK | 25th - 30th April | Machynlleth, Wales
France | 13th - 18th June | Brugairolles, southern France
Germany | 21th - 26th November 2012 | Verden, north Germany
Spain | 13th -18th March 2013 | Palafrugell, Girona
Slovakia | 22th -27th May 2013 | Village of Pliesovice
Netherlands | 10th -15th July 2013 | Location to be confirmed
A final report will be prepared for September 2013.
If you would like to know more about the programme, do get in touch