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Straw Bale Training for European Professionals with certification (STEP)

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We are happy to announce the first Straw Bale Training for European Professionals with certification (STEP). You may register the whole training (400 h) or single modules. Language: English/German.

You can start whenever you want: You may also assemble the Units 2017 and 2018 in the order/way you like/have time or make it online.


Short Overview of the next Units:

Unit 4: Wrapping – external Insulation with Straw
3.-7. June (5 days Practice), practical building site in Plank am Kamp, NÖ

Unit 3: Load bearing Straw Bale Techniques (Big Bales)
18.–22. July (5 days Practice), practical building site in Fürstenfeld, Stmk.

Unit 2: Straw Bale-Infill, CUT-Technique, Prefab
21.-31. August (min. 5 days Practice), practical building site in Fertőújlak, Hungary

Unit 5: Finishes (Clay-, Limeplasters, Rammed Earth, wooden Cladding)
4.–15. Sept. (10 days Theory + Practice), in „Akademie der LehmKunst“, 3925 Altmelon, NÖ

Unit 1: Introduction to Straw Bale Building
1.-3. Sept. (3 days Theory), Virtuelle Baustelle Ravelsbach/NÖ

Unit 4: Wrapping – external Insulation with Straw
18.–21. Sept. (4 days Theory), Virtuelle Baustelle Ravelsbach/NÖ

Unit 6: Building Physics & Sustainability
6.–10. Oct. (5 days Theory), Virtuelle Baustelle Ravelsbach/NÖ

Unit 2: Straw Bale-Infill, CUT-Technique, Prefab
23.–27. Oct. (5 days Theory), Virtuelle Baustelle Ravelsbach/NÖ

Unit 7: (Construction-)Planning Calculation, Maintenance
4.–9. Dec. (6 days Theory + Practice), Virtuelle Baustelle Ravelsbach/NÖ

Unit 8: Marketing & Communication
11.–13. December (3 days Theory), Virtuelle Baustelle Ravelsbach/NÖ

Final Assessment „Certified Straw Bale Builder“ on 14./15. Dec. 2017.
(or later after agreement)


FAQs (Trainers, questions & answers)


Musterelemente auf der Virtuellen Baustelle in Ravelsbach

Module 1: Introduction in Straw Bale Building

We start with a general introduction into history and status-quo of Straw Bale Building. there is a lot to learn about the building material (straw bales) itself: Procurement, manufacturing, assessment, testing, handling, storage

23.–25. March (3 days theory & practical building in Ravelsbach/NÖ)

€ 280,–/Person; € 180,– for Students
Partner-price: Your partner just pays the reduced students-price!
Language: English/German


Module 2: Straw Bale-Infill, CUT-Technique, Prefab

27.–31. März (5 Tage Theorie + Praxis), Virtuelle Baustelle Ravelsbach/NÖ

Practical Workshop 7.-21. April (10 days): Pulkau /NÖ

More photos Pulkau: baubiologie.at/workshops/galerie-april-2017-praktische-baustelle-pulkau/

Practical Workshop U2 (min. 5 days), please choose:
20.-31. August (min. 5 days Pratice), Practical Building Site in Fertőújlak, Hungary (fixed)

€ 540,–/Person; € 340,– für Students
Partner-price: Your partner just pays the reduced students-price!
Language: English/German


2017-07-bigbaleModule 3: Loadbearing Straw Bale

The initial straw building does not need any supporting construction for walls, the straw bales alone are „load bearing“. Wood is used for protection and support (floor slab, roof), structural integrity (ring beam) as well as for additional construction. In the practical workshop sample walls of a demo-building with small bales as well as a single-family house in big-bale-technique are built load bearing and plastered.

17.–20. May (4 days theory), Seminar Hotel Steirisch Ursprung, Styria/Austria

More pictures in the Gallery

+ 18.–22. July (5 days practice), load bearing building with mostly big bales in Styria

€ 740,–/Person; € 660,– for Students
Partner-price: Your partner just pays the reduced students-price!
Language: English/German


Module 4: Wrapping – external Straw Bale Insulation

In „wrapping“ buildings are all around the outside covered with straw bales. Decisive for the success of the thermal renovation are the appropriate fixing to the walls and the gap-free, windproof execution.
In the practical workshops, 2 single-family houses with straw bales are wrapped and plastered, for fixation we assemble a CUT hybrid construction.

18.–21. Sept. (4 days theory), Virtuelle Baustelle Ravelsbach/NÖ
+ 3.-7. June (5 days Practice), practical building site in Plank am Kamp, NÖ

€ 450,–/Person; € 270,– for Students
Partner-price: Your partner just pays the reduced students-price!
Language: English/German


Module 5: Surfaces (Clay-, Earth-, Lime Plasters, Wooden Cladding)

Only the most meticulously designed surfaces prevent structural damage in the long term, especially in building construction. Material knowledge (clay, lime plaster) as well as a lot of practice from the plaster base to the fine plaster characterize this unit.
In the practical workshop, we also build a rammed earth wall, manual plastering is shown as well as spray plaster.

4.–15. Sept. (10 days theory + practice), in „Akademie der LehmKunst“, Fichtenbach 10, 3925 Altmelon, NÖ

€ 870,–/Person; € 720,– for Students
Partner-price: Your partner just pays the reduced students-price!
Language: English/German


bauphysikModule 6: Building Physics & Sustainability

The knowledge of building physics and building details as well as the properties of materials is an indispensable basis for the whole building process. And recognition and prevention of cold bridges, mold, moisture… a must.

6.–10. Oct. (5 days theory), Virtuelle Baustelle Ravelsbach/NÖ

€ 440,–/Person; € 270,– for Students
Partner-price: Your partner just pays the reduced students-price!
Language: English/German


planung-kalkulation-instandhaltungModule 7: Design, Calculation, Maintenance

The principle of „straw building“: You learn to read and implement plans and know how construction, insulation, electrics, water … interact. With a straw construction overview, you prevent building defects and repair structural damage.
With practical workshop Design of a straw bale house and discussions with straw building Architects.

4.–9. Dec. (6 days theory + practice), Virtuelle Baustelle Ravelsbach/NÖ

€ 520,–/Person; € 330,– for Students
Partner-price: Your partner just pays the reduced students-price!
Language: English/German


marketing-kommunikationModule 8: Marketing & Communication

Market knowledge improves your negotiating position, knowledge about suppliers and prices allows calculation. Customer acquisition thanks to self-presentation (CI) and (advertising) action. The basis of all is communication.

11.–13. Dec. (3 days theory), Virtuelle Baustelle Ravelsbach/NÖ

€ 280,–/Person; € 180,– for Students
Partner-price: Your partner just pays the reduced students-price!
Language: English/German


Final Examinations to become a „Certified Straw Bale Builder“ on 14./15. Dec. 2017.


STEP-Trainers:

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FAQs (Trainers, questions & answers)

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Register Now!

Complete Training (400 h): If you register the whole Training, we give you Module 1 (Introduction) as a free bonus (minus 280,-). So, as a package, we offer the complete course (8 Units), instead of 4.200, – by € 3.920, –. The Theory-Units, which already happened in 2017, can be done online (handbook, presentations) or in 2018.
Payable by permanent order in 10 monthly rates à € 400, -/month.

Total course for second person, students & unemployed persons: € 2.990, -,
Payable by per permanent order in 10 rates à € 300, -/month.
This price is already reduced (no additional bonus!).

Booking individual/single modules: The eight modules can also be booked individually and independently of the certificate and the final examination. In order to participate in modules of your choice, the additional visit of Module 1 is highly recommended (introduction): You will receive a European pass of courses, in which all completed modules including assessment by the trainer are registered.

In any case, once you have completed all eight modules, you will be able to take the final exam and you will be awarded as ECVET Certified Straw Bale Builder (recognized in the European Union).

Registration & Infos: ASBN, Herbert Gruber, E-Mail: ASBN@baubiologie.at

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Über den Autor

Herbert Gruber

Herbert Gruber

Netzwerker seit der Gründung des ASBN 1999, Obmann des ASBN seit 2006, Buchautor (Bauen mit Stroh, Neues Bauen mit Stroh), Gesellschafter von StrohTec (Österreichs erster Strohbaufirma), hat in Ravelsbach im Zuge eines Haus der Zukunft plus-Projektes die Virtuelle Stroh-Baustelle ins Leben gerufen, wo seit 2010 regelmäßig Workshops stattfinden. 2015 gründete er die Kooperation StrohNatur, die nun auch Strohballenhäuser (mit und ohne Workshops) errichtet.