III Natural Building Festival – healthy houses of clay, straw, hemp and wood

A meeting of creators, workshops on the use of natural building materials, lectures, as well as an exhibition mixed with a trade fair – this is the program of the third edition of the Natural Building Festival, which will be held in Wrocław from September 30th until October 2nd 2022. Some of the events will take place at the Museum of Architecture, some at Browar Mieszczański, while some will also be available in hybrid form. Guests will include many international and Polish experts on natural building technologies, including Hubert Trammer, Magdalena Górska, Anna Zawadzka, Maciej Jagielak and Przemysław Raj. The Festival is a part of a project carried out with the participation of the NCCC/The Institute of Environmental Protection – National Research Institute.

– People want to live in a healthy way. Living and dwelling in a healthy house inextricably evokes natural building materials, tested through thousands of years of use: clay, lime, wood, straw and hemp. All of them are natural, with no “preservatives” – says Wojciech Gogół of National Natural Building Association (Ogólnopolskie Stowarzyszenie Budownictwa Naturalnego – OSBN), which organizes the event.

This year’s edition of the festival will focus on the practical application of natural construction materials – not only in building from wood, straw, hemp and clay, but also in thermomodernization, renovation and architectural “upcycling” – as well as circular economy.

September 30th – the first of the three days of the Festival – will consist of opening lectures and a debate at the Museum of Architecture in Wrocław. Speakers will include Hubert Trammer – co-creator of New Bauhaus, as well as Aleksander Mielczyński and Maciej Jagielak – experienced architects who promote straw houses.

The second and third days of the Festival will take place at Browar Mieszczański and include events such as lectures, debates, workshops and demonstration as well as a natural building trade fair. These two days are intended for those who are taking their first steps when it comes to natural buildings, as well as for experts and enthusiasts. – We expect a few hundred guest to attend in person, but some of the events will be available online. Some parts of the program involve interaction with the audience, eg. by asking questions during workshops – announces Wojciech Owczarzak, organizing coordinator of the Festival.

This year’s edition of the Festival is a part of a project entitled “Decarbonizing construction processes – introducing zero-carbon natural building materials, including wood,  to circular economy in the construction sector”, carried out by the Institute of Environmental Protection – National Research Institute), OSBN and the Poznań University of Life Sciences, financed by the European Economic Area grants as part of the Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy programme. The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.

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