ESBG – European Straw Bale Gathering in Venice: the Program

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Friday 16 june,
9.30 – 11.30: Round tables – Calls and fundings: moderator Luca Guarneri, Regulations and certifications: Luc Floissac, Marketing: Federico Broggi, Wood and structures: Carlo Micheletti, Passive house: Mirko Taglietti
Workshop Area: Self building: Rikki Nitzkin
11.30 – 13.30 Auditorium: Athena & Bill Steen: The American vision and its development
Talks – Architecture: Michel Post Sacred Geometry in Organic Architecture; Dutch straw buildings: Casper van der Veen Straw Bale Architecture; Elia Sbaraini The straw bale house does not exist; Jimmi Pianezzola SCL House – A straw bale urban-type; CBS House – Reinventing the venetian rural-type;
Silvia Lucia Begni Design a straw bale building with Feng Shui: the ultimate sustainability of living
15.00 – 19.00 Round tables – Lime and clay: Sergio Sabbadini and Andrea Rattazzi; LCA: Marco Caffi, Architecture and high buildings: Dirk Scharmer; Training: Herbert Gruber
Talks – Valorisation of the territory / sustainability / business strategy; Luc Floissac LCA – Life Cycle Analysis of straw bale construction; Marcel Zwart Eco-logical working in strawbuilding: co-operative strawbuilding as business strategy; Carlo Micheletti Capillary diffusion of straw bale buildings – 1000 Buildings X 1000 Municipalities; Raphael Petit Econology, ecolonomy, or the genesis of a massive weapon of construction; Alessio Colombo The production chain of Rice Straw.
Technologies, tests and regulations Luisa Molari What is the structural performance of a straw bale?;  Donato Pirro Fire reaction of the prefabricated straw walls; Dirk Scharmer Small presentation about the german straw ETA; Jorge Garcia Ascaso Micro comparative study (DIY) of technical variants strawbale/plaster.
Workshop Area Self building Rikki Nitzkin How and Why to work with self-builders: its a journey, not a house.
Daniel Cédric Using web for boosting natural builders community : Twiza’s history
Construction techniques Vladislav Titovich New in straw buildings; Andrey Byckhov A new way of building houses from strawblocks; Jean-Baptiste Thevard The Greb Technique; Francesco Verzura Structural design of a post and beam building

Saturday 17 june,
9.30 – 11.30 Round tables Calls and fundings: Sissy Hein; Regulations and certifications: Dirk Scharmer; Marketing: Luciano Pilotti; LCA: Andrea Fornasiero; Active house: Günther Gantioler
Talk – Energy efficiency, Luc Floissac Straw bale “positive energy office building” construction example; Sam and Simon Vivers Highly Energy Efficient Homes in Australia; Simon Vivers How to Use Strawbales and Earth for the Perfect Solar Passive Home; Paolo Boni and Beatrice Spirandelli A systemic approach for straw building; Tiziana Monterisi The energy upgrading of existing patrimony: straw as the third skin of the
Workshop Area: Margareta Schwartz about straw-bale construction and offers project consultancy on the spot
11.30 – 13.30 Auditorium: Werner Schmidt: The European vision and its development
15.00 – 18.00: “From the field to the house, What does straw mean?”
Round table with Daniela Ducato, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Franco Fassio, Sergio Danese

Sunday 18 june,
9.30 – 11.30 Round tables – Lime and clay: Eric Kuetgens; Architecture and high buildings: Emanuele Almagioni and Giacomo Borella; Training: Barbara Jones;
ESBA (European Straw Building Association):
presentations about the work of ESBA and its
members (Skills and Research Database, European Map of Straw Bale Houses) and European Projects
(BuildStrawPro, UpStraw, Jump!, exchange of Knowledge): Herbert Gruber, Dirk Eberhard, Manas Melliwa
Workshop Area: Self building: Michele Ricci and Paolo Robazza
Talks – Technologies, tests and regulations: Giampaolo Pilloni and Fabio Cova Planning and environmental ethics in public works; Francesco Marafini Straw for the Genio Civile in Lazio region on Italy; Jessica Eyers Creating a thermal bridge-free window installation detail in a strawbale wall; Costante Bonacina Experimental determination of transmittance by testing on strawbale walls plastered with lime and clay
11.30 – 13.30 Auditorium: Barbara Jones: The European vision and its development
Workshop Area: Terraepaglia Earth for straw: step for educatonal lab
15.00 – 16.00: The future of straw bale buildings in the vision of young architects: International competition 1000 Buildings X 1000 Municipalities, presentation of the projects, award ceremony 17.30
15.00 – 17.30 ESBA (European Straw Building Association): General Assembly

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The European Straw Building Association is an independent European association, devoid of any profit making motive. The object of the Association is to promote and develop the use of straw, as a sustainable way of building in all the senses of the term “sustainable”: renewable, ecological, healthy, energy and climate efficient, social and economic.
The Association is a federation composed of organisations and people particularly concerned with the use of straw in buildings.