Strawbale Building Courses

STRAW BALE BUILDING COURSES

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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.

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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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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).

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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.

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STRAW 02 Intro – Straw Bale Infill Constructions

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

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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.

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STRAW 04 Intro – Wrapping with Straw Bales

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

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STRAW BUILDING – 8 Lessons (Level 2)

ACTeco Courses: The 8 lessons explain Straw Bale Building starting with the Material, Infill Systems, Load Bearing Techniques, Wrapping, Plasters and Claddings, Building Physics, Planning and Calculation. Level 2 (Level 3/4: see STEP Training, Level 1: see INTRO courses).

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STRAW BUILDING 01 – Straw Bales as sustainable Building Material (Level 2)

ACTeco Course: The 45 min Lesson shows examples of Straw Bale Buildings, Customizing & Handling of Straw Bales, Tools for Straw Bale Building and Storage of Bales.

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STRAW BUILDING 02 – Infill and Prefab Straw Bale Constructions (Level 2)

ACTeco Course: The 45 min lesson explains how to insulate with straw bales in post&beam constructions (Infill), shows different techniques and typical and special constructions of infill as well as the tools.

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STRAW BUILDING 03 – Load Bearing Construction (Level 2)

ACTeco Course: The 45 min lesson shows basic features of the loadbearing straw bale technique, and gives an idea of different details and methods of loadbearing techniques.

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STRAW BUILDING 04 – Wrapping – External Thermal Insulation with Straw (Level 2)

ACTeco Course: The 45 min lesson shows basic features of external insulation with straw bales, prefab elements and straw flakes.

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STRAW BUILDING 05 – Natural Finishes with Earth, Lime and Cladding (Level 2)

ACTeco 45 min course on how to plaster a straw bale wall with earth or lime plaster or finish it with a wooden cladding.

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STRAW BUILDING 06 – Building Physics and Room Climate (Level 2)

This 45min ACTeco course explains the basics of building physics of a straw bale wall, explains heat and moisture transfer, fire resistance, shows fire tests but also describes inner room climate created by (earth plastered) straw bale walls.

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STRAW BUILDING 07 – Concept of a Straw Bale House

This 45min ACTeco course explains the basics how to design straw walls/houses, how to make a construction plan and install the house technique (water, heating, electricity) in straw bale walls.

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STRAW BUILDING 08 – Communication and Calculation (Level 2)

This 45min ACTeco course briefly shows which forms of communication we have, how to communicate with clients, describes rough estimation of building costs and gives some hints for improving the digital ways of communication (presentation).

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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 OffGrid Tiny House

Course about energy-independent “Off-Grid”-Houses, energy consumption, tiny house constructions and examples.

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Tiny House and Climate Change

The course will consist of 9 lessons. On the concept of tiny house and its context, they show mitigation and adaptation measures and their application on big buildings. Lessons also follow a special case study of the project: Living Smart With Climate Change.