|Project title||Civil initiative for sustainable development by promotion and dissemination of straw-construction|
|Thematic area||Environment and sustainable development|
|Name of the organization||Hungarian Strawbuilders Association|
|Postal address||1092 Budapest, Révész Gabriella Hőgyes Endre u. 13. III/20.|
|Project manager||Révész Gabriella|
|Project timeframe||March 1st, 2015 - April 30th, 2016|
|Amount of support||13,160 €|
Mainly through information and capacity building the project addressed the unpopularity of the straw-bale architecture resulting from a non-/adequately informed adverse regulatory and decision-making environment, though, the technology could responds to the challenges of environmental sustainability and the increasing effects of climate change in various means. Promoters held an information road-show with a series of lectures and debates in nine different cities and a national conference for the relevant professional and decision-making target groups, paying particular attention to official administrators. Beside actual legal issues best practices and opportunities of the straw-bale technologies were also presented to them, thereby contributing to the elimination of misconceptions and misinformation that are important barriers to permitting. On its website a strawhouse database was developed (with more detailed data sheets), while the technology was promoted among NGOs through an insulation project for which the organization was selected through an open call. The action was held with demonstration purposes and executed in a two-step process that provided more than a dozen of people with the opportunity to gain experience in applying the technology. In sum, the project contributed to the popularization of straw construction in Hungary made important efforts for "authority sensitization". The insulation workshop has shown exemplary co-operation in civil-civic cooperation and provided a good opportunity to make more stakeholders familiar with the technology.