|Project title||Straw Network|
|Thematic area||Environment and sustainable development|
|Name of the organization||Energy and Environmental Foundation|
|Postal address||4400 Nyíregyháza, Malom utca 18/a.|
|Project manager||Ilyés Tímea|
|Project timeframe||March 1st, 2015 - April 30th, 2016|
|Amount of support||34,547 €|
The project aimed contributing to the solution of such problems as energy poverty, the negative tendencies of the domestic housing stock and construction industry and the challenges of the fulfillment of EU energy requirements by a general level of popularization of straw bale architecture, R&D activities and advocacy. The main goal was to set up a network based on active cooperation between different stakeholders needed for the spreading of the technology. During the implementation, extensive networking work was carried out, addressing directly more than 1,500 potential local governments, NGOs, financial institutions, architects and construction companies for whom, to promote cooperation and exchange of views, 3 sectoral and 2 intersectoral professional workshops were held. The promoters’ original plan was also to establish a cluster by the end of the project, but it failed due to the insufficient number of committed actors and the lack of adequate manufacturing capacity. In cooperation with involved architects and university researchers the project has executed 5 major R&D tasks: developing a self-developed 15 cm thick straw-based thermal insulation system; developing the concept of an educational module that encompasses environmentally conscious architectural knowledge; designing a straw bale building type design; the possibilities of the adaptation of a bale block system; and the standardization of an insulation system combining straw technology with the most updated laser based analytical methodologies. In addition, the implementers conducted an intense web2 campaign and compiled a database of domestic straw construction investments (house or insulation), out of which which 837 were identified and presented in map form at by the end of the project.