General description of the project

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This project aims at studying  different ways of planning, designing and constructing  in Europe. It will start with a study of the geographical, environmental, climatic, and historical factors which determine the choice of different architectural styles. In our time building, whether concerning homes, commercial or public structures is facing enormous challenges. It is challenges by climate change, scarcity of resources, the necessity of energy saving and the increasingly occurring natural events such as earthquakes, enormous rainfalls, heat waves or storms. People in different areas of Europe are challenged  by different problems . But what are the differences like? And what do all the Europeans have in common?

The main goals of our project will be to analyze the situation in the countries and areas participating  in respect to the problems mentioned above and to compare the solutions already found in safe and sustainable building . Sustainable means for us to consider the topic in ecological terms such as site selection concerning infrastructure, traffic links (public traffic) and landscape protection. But Green Building for us means to look for examples of good practice in constructing passive and low-energy houses, applying solar architecture and  thermal insulation, it means space-saving building and using of non toxic renewable material as well. In comparing all this research we will always focus on local and regional identity. At the end we intend to present different solutions and plans carried out by our students.

Why Green Building?

A project like this is necessary because it has been clearly visible over the past decades which impact the handling of environment by mankind had in the industrialized countries of Europe. That heavily concerns even the area of building. Nevertheless, we strongly believe that the numerously existing overloading of our continent and the resulting deterioration of the environment can be reduced. We will contribute to educate young people by helping them to become aware of the responsibilities many of them will have to take once – and this will be the case rather soon!- they will work in occupations in the field of construction and environmental protection. The project Green Buildings will deal with the past, present and future of building.

Thus the participants will be conscious enough and well informed to look for new ideas and suitable proposals for solutions that can be shown to others (schoolmates, architects, community representatives, construction enterprises) and, who knows, maybe even put into practice.

Achievements:

  • The direct contact with different cultures helps the harmonic education of students, their open mentality and the acceptance of the others.
  • It gives the students the right motivation and the opportunity to learn and practice different languages and to use the new technologies.
  • Social development will occur and students will become more used to working together and their communication skill and general knowledge will improve.
  • The works from each school will be disseminated, sharing both the successes and problems encountered  within the individual institutions. The sharing of the information will enable a more comprehensive approach to be adopted by other schools within the same regions.
  • Staff will benefit from professional development opportunities and will learn from colleagues who have tried different techniques for motivating their students.
  • Students involved in the project will develop international friendships and can set up links within the different communities.
  • They will benefit greatly from learning about different  way of building , and discovering the best way of all. They also will benefit from learning about the different school systems.

Scheduled meetings:

  1. Sweden : 10th – 17th november  2012
  2. Turkey : 10th – 17th march 2013
  3. Romania : 27th may – 1st june 2013
  4. Austria: 30th september – 4th octomber 2013
  5. Italy : 6th – 13th april 2014

First meeting in Sweden:

  • presentations of the partner countries, towns and schools;
  • design the project’s logo by students;

Second meeting in Turkey:

  • Examples of green buildings from the partner countries;
  • Presentations of the different ways of building in the above mentioned countries;
  • Research centered on landscape and soil in each country;

Third meeting in Romania:

  • Presentations of old buildings from each partner town;
  • Chemical analysis of soil samples from each country;
  • Workshops for students where they built house models made of ecological materials;
  • Participating with scientific works at the national symposium hosted by the Romanian school;

Fourth meeting in Austria:

  • Presentations on natural hazards encountered in each country/region, on measures to be taken in order to prevent or diminish its effects
  • Visits to salt mines, to different wood factories where they build wodden passive houses, to Frieilichtmuseum from Großgmain where one can see the evolution of rural constructions over the ages;
  • Workshops focused on wood constructions;

Fifth meeting in Italy:

  • Visit to “ Lasped tirreno” (Laboratorio Sperimentale per l’Edilizia), (students – workshop building materials testing);
  • Visit to Holzbausud wooden firm – Calitri – Avellino – Woodworking process;
  • Visit to a Green House in Calitri;
  • Presentations (Final works) by Romanian (the website) and Swedish (the Booklet), by Austrian (Materials), by Turkish (the Calendar);
  • The Italian final works: students questionnaires results, VIDEO “ The Green Building in CAD 3D”;
  • Visit to “Amalfi Paper Museum” and Pompei ruins;
  • Final report (teachers);
  • Conclusion – results of the project;