ECO-BUILDING online learning platform

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Earth Building

Online Courses about Clay, Earth, Cob, Adobe, Mud, Rammed Earth, Earthen Floors, Plasters, Renders, Finishes...

Strawbale Building

Online Courses about Loadbearing, Infill in Post & Beam or Hybrid (CUT, OrganiCut, Greb,...), Wrapping

Sustainability & Training

Online Courses about how to make a Sustainable Change
in Life, School and Training

There are OPEN COURSES (without registering), short FREE COURSES (to register, with trainer-evaluation) and more in depth ADVANCED COURSES (with trainer-evaluation, to register and finish previous courses before) on this ActEco Platform. See more in “About” how to register or login.

OPEN COURSE

Basics of Photovoltaics

An introduction to the application of photovoltaics in buildings. It shows how much solar energy is available and how much of it can be used and explains how different types of solar cells and solar modules are manufactured and what design options and advantages they offer in the building sector.

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Basics Thermal Solar and Solar Cooling

The technology of solar thermal energy can be used to heat water (or air). The functionality is explained, the components are described, different collector types, storage tanks and system types are compared. Including a closer look at Solar cooling.

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Building a Straw Bale Maze

ACTeco course. Straw bale mazes are popular with kids and adults. But there are some rules to be followed to build a safe maze and have fun too.

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Building with Straw Panels

This course is to train architects and builders to design and assemble straw bale houses using prefabricated straw wall panels.

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COB – Level 1

A 10-minute course will introduce you to the principle of cob technique, its properties and will show examples of cob houses.

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COB – Level 2

A 45-minute course, which covers traditional and contemporary methods of cob, mix preparation and building of the wall. Discover creative designs and properties of cob!

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FREE COURSE

CREATE

Lessons made by our Trainees: PED of Straw Bale Houses, Earth Sheltered Houses,...

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Earth Brick Masonry – ECVET – Level 2

A 45 minutes ECVET level 2 course about earth masonry, its history vs. today's use, types of masonry and bonding, working process, surfaces of brick walls, vaults and domes.

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Earth Brick Masonry – introduction

A 10-minute course that will show you how and why it is good to use earth bricks in new buildings.

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Earth decorations – appetiser

A 10 min. course, showing wonderfull decorations with earth in the world and in modern houses. You will learn several decoration possibilities.

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Earth Decorations – ECVET – Level 2

A 45 minute long course, ECVET level 2. In the course you will see decorations of different cultures, learn about colours of the earth, what decorations can be made by earth building techniques and earth plastering.

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Earth plaster – appetiser

A 10 min. course on earth plasters. You will learn what earth plaster is, where it can be used and what its advantages and disadvantages are.

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Earth Plaster – ECVET – Level 2

A 45 minutes ECVET Level 2 course. You will learn about composition of earth plaster, preparation of mortar, layers of plaster, substrate preparation, surface treatment and properties.

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Earthen architecture

In 20 minutes, this introduction to earthen architecture will enable you to discover some historical and contemporary buildings built in earth.

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Earthen construction techniques

This 20-minute course briefly introduces the different earthen construction techniques. Find out what is behind the words: adobe, rammed earth, cob, daub, etc.

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OPEN COURSE

How to make a successful ONLINE COURSE

ACTeco course: How to make a successful ONLINE COURSE with WordPress, Zoom and Learndash

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Interior Design – ECVET – Level 2

A 45 minutes ECVET level 2 course will show you theory of colours connected to earth, you will learn about earth plaster textures and factures and Interior design.

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Interior design with earth plaster – appetiser

A 10 minute course showing how to think about colours and surfaces of earth plasters in the interior to achieve the feeling you want.

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FREE COURSE

OffGrid Tiny House

ACTeco course about energy-independent "Off-Grid"-Houses, energy consumption, tiny house constructions and examples.

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Free Course

Online Training & Communication

ACTeco Advanced Course Communcation (techniques) for both online and real communication. We introduce the main tools (graphic, text, photo, video, sound) as well as tipps and tricks how to make your trainings more interactive with mostly free tools. And we introduce Learndash and WordPress.

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Physics of earth

This 20 to 30 minute course is an introduction to the physics of earth. On the sand and clay grain scale, discover "how it stands".

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Rammed earth – appetiser

A 10-minute course about rammed earth will show you examples of modern buildings, how a rammed wall is made and what the trends are.

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Rammed Earth – ECVET – Level 2

A 45 minute ECVET level 2 course about rammed earth technique. You will learn about new and traditional use, what raw materials and mixture for rammed earth to use. The course also shows formwork, process of ramming and development trends.

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Advanced STEP course

STEP U1: INTRO INTO STRAW BALE BUILDING

This course is already available. Content: History and Modern Straw Bale Building, Customizing & Handling: quality, orientation, measuring, shaping, dividing, rebinding, cutting and notching bales, density, moisture, tools for straw bale building and storage of bales.

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Advanced STEP course

STEP U2: INFILL & PREFABRICATION

This course is already available. Content: handling tools, plan & construct INFILL double post walls, HYBRID constructions (CUT, OrganiCUT, GREB), execute different infill construction methods, know about PREFAB straw bale elements and advantages and disadvantages of the different techniques.

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Advanced STEP Course

STEP U3: Load Bearing Straw Bale Construction

This course will be available on April 19, 2021 (had to be postponed). Content: Ioad bearing construction methods, resizing, compressing and fixing bales, construction of window boxes, base- and top plates, connection to roofs and ceilings, selecting good quality straw bales, structural behaviour, innovative examples of load bearing construction.

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Advanced STEP course

STEP U4: Straw Bale Wrapping & Renovation

This course is already available. Content: checking existing constructions, different wrapping and insulation methods (full bale with hybrid construction, binding, compressing; straw flakes with battens, planks, pallets, boards; prefab), finishing, inside insulation

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Advanced STEP course

STEP U5: Finishes – Clay, Lime, Cladding

This course is already available. Content: tools and machines for rendering and cladding, prepare the plaster base, plaster/render mixture (clay, lime), wall and supporting constructions for cladding, cladding systems, airtight, wind and rain proof details, calculating rendering and cladding quantities.

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STEP ADVANCED course

STEP U6: Building Physics

This course is already available. Content: Heat Transfer, Fire Protection, Moisture Transfer and Sound Insulation as well as Healthy Room Climates, Energy Efficiency and common mistakes and solutions in connection with Thermal Bridges, the lack of Airtightness and Windproofness. We show Energy Standards in different countries and how to achieve the standards in Straw Bale Building.

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Advanced STEP Course

STEP U7: Architecture and Planning of Straw Bale Buildings

This course is already available. Content: principles of solar design, national building laws, building materials, cost estimation, technical details, sketching a basic design and a construction plan, understand and repair most common faults and damages in straw bale construction

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Advanced STEP Course

STEP U8: Communication and Calculation

This STEP course explains, how you communicate to your clients, what you need to be convincing, how to estimate the building costs and make a detailed calculation. We also show essential (free) recommended programs for image + text, a slideshow, a video. We introduce the most recommended and easy to learn free programs.

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OPEN COURSE

Sustainable (Straw) House – a Case Study

ACTeco course shows a case study house. Building step by step of a sustainable, passive standard, family house. It is built with natural materials, low impact foundation, green roof, producing own energy.

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Sustainable Building

ACTeco course. Sustainable building is one of solutions to lower the climete change impact. Learn how to build sustainably.

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Tip 002: Density-Check of Straw Bales

ACTeco Short Course: An Introduction in Density-Check of Straw Bales; Time-frame: 10 min

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Tip 003: Measuring Straw Bales

ACTeco Short Course: An Introduction in Measuring Straw Bales; Time-frame: 10 min

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Tip 006: Safety on Straw Building Sites – Slipping

ACTeco Short Course: An Introduction in Safety on Straw Building Sites – Slipping; Time-frame: 10 min

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Tip 011: Save Energy While Carrying Straw Bales

ACTeco Short Course: An introduction in Save Energy While Carrying Straw Bales; Time-frame: 10 min

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Tip 014: Straw Bale-Tools – Cutting Straw Bales

ACTeco Short Course: An Introduction in Straw Bale-Tools – Cutting Straw Bales; Time-frame: 10 min

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Tip 017: Straw Bale-Tools – Shaving Surfaces with Hedge Saws

ACTeco Short Course: An Introduction in Straw Bale-Tools – Shaving Surfaces with Hedge Saws; Time-frame: 10 min

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Tip 018: Straw Bale-Tools – Cutting Bales with Chain Saws

ACTeco Short Course: An Introduction in Straw Bale-Tools – Cutting Bales with Chain Saw); Time-frame: 10 min

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Tip 019: Straw Bale-Tools – the Straw Bale Hammer or Persuader

ACTeco Short Course: An Introduction in Straw Bale-Tools – the Straw Bale Hammer or Persuader; Time-frame: 10 min

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Tip 021: Dividing Straw Bales with Bale Needles

ACTeco Short Course: An Introduction in Dividing Straw Bales with Bale Needles; Time-frame: 10 min

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Tip 022: Straw Bale – The essential Infill-Boards

ACTeco Short Course: An Introduction in Straw Bale – The essential Infill-Boards; Time-frame: 10 min

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Tip 023: Straw Bale-Tools – How to handle Infill-Boards

ACTeco short course: An introduction to straw bale tools - handling infill boards; time frame: 10 min

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Tip 024: Straw Bale-Tools – DIY-Stuffer in two Sizes

ACTeco Short Course: An Introduction in Straw Bale-Tools – DIY-Stuffer in two Sizes; Time-frame: 10 min

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Tip 026: Customizing Straw Bales – Stuffing Holes

ACTeco Short Course: An Introduction in Customizing Straw Bales – Stuffing Holes; Time-frame: 10 min

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Tip 027: Customizing Straw Bales – Filling Gaps

ACTeco Short Course: An Introduction in Customizing Straw Bales – Filling Gaps; Time-frame: 10 min

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Tip 029: CUT-Technique

ACTeco Short Course: An Introduction in CUT-Technique; Time-frame: 10 min

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Tip 032: OrganiCUT

ACTeco Short Course: An Introduction in OrganiCUT; Time-frame: 40 min

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Tip 033 INFILL: Adjusting Constructions to Bales

ACTeco Short Course: An Introduction in INFILL: Adjusting Constructions to Bales; Time-frame: 10 min

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Tip 035 INFILL: Diagonal Bracing against Shear/Wind Forces

ACTeco Short Course: An Introduction in INFILL: Diagonal Bracing against Shear/Wind Forces; Time-frame: 10 min

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Tip 038 INFILL: Double Posts

ACTeco Short Course: An Introduction in INFILL: Double Posts; Time-frame: 10 min

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Tip 061: Direct plaster (lime)

ACTeco Short Course: An Introduction in Direct plaster (lime); Time-frame: 10 min

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Tip 062: Wooden Cladding

ACTeco Short Course: An Introduction in Wooden Cladding; Time-frame: 10 min

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Training for Change

ACTeco short course: Introduction to Training for Change -Sustainability.

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