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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 Units. 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 2017 (Unit 2-5 consist of a THEORY and min 5-day PRACTICE part):

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

Unit 5: Finishes (Clay-, Limeplasters, Rammed Earth, wooden Cladding)
4.–15. Sept. (10 days Theory + Practice), Virtuelle Baustelle Ravelsbach/NÖ

Unit 4: Wrapping – external Insulation with Straw
2.–6. Oct. (4 days Theory), Virtuelle Baustelle Ravelsbach/NÖ

Unit 2 & 5 PRACTICE: Straw Bale-Infill, CUT-Technique, Clay- & Limeplaster
9.-13. Oct. (10 days Practice), practical building site in Fertoujlak/HU

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

Unit 6: Building Physics & Sustainability
6.–10. Nov. (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. Dec. (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)


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Unit 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

next training: 01.–03. September 2017 (3 days Theory & Practice), Virtuelle Baustelle Ravelsbach/NÖ

€ 250,–/Person; € 150,– for Students
Partner-price: Your partner just pays the reduced students-price!
Language: English/German


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

next training: 23.–27. October 2017 (5 days Theory + Practice), Virtuelle Baustelle Ravelsbach/NÖ

next Practical Workshop U2 (min. 5 days), please choose:
9.-20. October 2017 (10 days Practice), Practical Building Site in Fertőújlak, Hungary
or 26. March-06. April 2018 (10 days Practice), Practical Building Site in Goggendorf, AT

€ 570,–/Person; € 380,– für Students
Partner-price: Your partner just pays the reduced students-price!
Language: English/German

Impressions from the last U2 (Theory):

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

More photos U2 practical Training: baubiologie.at/workshops/galerie-april-2017-praktische-baustelle-pulkau/


Unit 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.

next U3 Theory will be 2018 (4 days theory), Ravelsbach, AT
next U3 Practice will be 2018 (5 days practice), load bearing building

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

Impressions from the last U3-Units (with Virko Kade):

More pictures in the Gallery

Impressions from the U3 Practice 2017 in Fürstenfeld (load bearing big bales):


Unit 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, single-family houses with straw bales are wrapped and plastered, for fixation we assemble a CUT hybrid construction.

next Training: 2.-6. October 2017 (5 days Theory + Practice)
or 17.-20. April 2018 (4 days Theory + Practice)
next practical U4-Training will be in 2018
(to be announced)

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

Impressions from the U4 practical building site in Plank am Kamp, NÖ

More photos from the Wrapping-Workshop in Plank am Kamp (2017)


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. 2017 (10 days Theory + Practice), Virtual Building Site Ravelsbach, AT

€ 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. Nov. 2017 (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


Module 7: Design, Calculation, Maintenance

The principle of „straw building“: You learn to read, implement and calculate plans and know how construction, insulation, electrics, water … interact. With a straw construction overview, you prevent building defects and repair structural damage. And you never run out of budget with knowing how much time is needed for each work.
With practical workshop Design of a straw bale house and discussions with straw building Architects.

4.–9. Dec. 2017 (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. 2017 (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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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.