ECO-BUILDING
online learning platform

This site is the official site for the Erasmus+ project ActEco 2019-2022
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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

Building a Straw Bale Maze

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.

OPEN COURSE

Building with Straw Panels

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

OPEN COURSE

EARTH 01 – Physics of Earth (Introduction)

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

OPEN COURSE

EARTH 02 – Earthen Architecture (Introduction)

ACTeco 20 minutes course, is an introduction to earthen architecture. It will enable you to discover some historical and contemporary buildings built in earth.

OPEN COURSE

How to make a successful ONLINE COURSE

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

OPEN COURSE

STRAW – 4 Lessons (Introduction)

4 short ACTeco Introduction courses in Straw Bale Building - straw bales as building material, straw bale Infill, load bearing straw bale and Wrapping with straw bales (external insulation).

OPEN COURSE

STRAW 01 Intro – Straw Bales as Building Material

10 min. ACTeco course introducing straw building, showing straw as building material and showing oldest and newest houses in Europe.

OPEN COURSE

STRAW 02 Intro – Straw Bale Infill Constructions

ACTeco 10 min. course introduces basics for infill technique with straw bales and tools, which are used.

OPEN COURSE

STRAW 03 Intro – Load Bearing Straw Bales

The 10 min. ACTeco-course introduces basics for load bearing straw bale technique, how to handle the bales and compress the wall.

OPEN COURSE

STRAW 04 Intro – Wrapping with Straw Bales

The 10 min. ACTeco-course introduces basic methods of wrapping with bales and prefabricated straw elements.

FREE COURSE

SUSTAINABILITY 05 – Sustainable Building (Level 2)

ACTeco 45 min. course explains complexity of sustainable building, why building industry impacts climate change and what could be done to lower the impact.

OPEN COURSE

Sustainable – 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.

OPEN COURSE

Sustainable – Basics of 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.

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.