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Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Project title ENERGY EFFICIENT BALED STRAW ECOLOGICAL HOUSEProject type Erasmus+ KA2 Capacity building in the field of Youth (Western Balkan Youth Window)The main idea: The main aim of this long-term project is acquiring knowledge and skills to participants about using ecological materials in construction and architecture, about energy efficiency and cheaper construction and decreasing amount of organic waste in nature. In this long-term project we will teach participants that are working with young people between age of 15 and 30 how to use almost forgotten methods of building energy efficient houses. We will prepare them for new possibilities of creative self employment through starting their own business. There will be also included young people with special needs and disability (to get them more socialized), and to provide them ways of acquiring new skills and on this way to give them professional development training. Participants will be able to transfer their energy efficiency knowledge to their peers and to encourage use of this method of construction through their professional careers. Knowledge acquired through this long-term project participant will use to build ecological house which will be used in local community for education of young people in ecology, energy efficiency and healthy way of life and will be basis for construction of ecological village with renewable energy sources and organic breeding food.Period of implementation of all activities: 1st of August 2016 – 31st of August 2017Activities:1. Activity 1 (Contact making event) will be implemented in one of the EU program countries: workshop about environmentally friendly materials used in construction and EU experience based energy efficiency; 2. Activity 2 (Training course) will be implemented in Šabac, Serbia: workshop about methods of constructing baled straw house, collection and processing of ecological materials, spending time in workcamp in nature, preparing organic food meals, generating ideas for environmentally friendly interior and exterior appearance of the building, construction of baled straw house, decorating and furnishing the building using eco-friendly materials, the celebration marking the finish of workcamp;3. Activity 3 (Evaluation meeting) will be implemented in one of the Western Balkan partner countries: evaluation of the project through the media promotion and the cultural and artistic program of the participating nations.Products: During the first activity we expect to receive electronic anthology essays on the topics to be covered during the workshop. During second activity we expect to obtain ecological house made of natural materials that will serve as a basis for further presentation of ecological principles through the following projects in the surrounding area. During the third activity is expected to get completed documentary on the whole project and a few short videos on basic principles of energy efficiency.
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