European Earth Building Days


Sustainablity and Earth building Materials – European Earthbuilding Day  2017 


Sustainable Buildings Need Materials like Earth – Low carbon and resource saving constructions for non-residential housing

Using earth and building materials made of renewable resources can reduce the impact on environment in construction enormously. We present new non-residential buildings across Europe and introduce in assessment systems of sustainable buildings.

On the European Earth bilding day earth building trainers, learners, practitioners from all over Europe  meet in Wangelin to learn, teach and celebrate together.

The photo exhibition presents best practice sustainable building projects from Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland.
Handout Photo Exbhibition for download

Introductory speech: Sustainable Building with Earth,  Achim Pilz, Bausatz, Stuttgart bullet_pfeilPresentation (DE) for download

Presentations for download

  • Kita Wildblume; Garz / Rügen, ein Projekt mit BNB- Zertifizierung (Bewertungssystem Nachhaltiges Bauen), Lucia Oberfrancova, Hochschule Wismar bullet_pfeilPresentation (DE) for download
  • Praxisbericht – Earthship Tempelhof / Ein Gemeinschaftshaus aus Lehm und Recycle-Materialien, Stefanie Raysz, Simone Specht, Earthship Projektteam /Gemeinschaft Tempelhof, Kreßberg
  • Produktkategorieregeln und Umweltproduktdeklarationen für Lehmbaustoffe, Horst Schröder, Dachverband Lehm, Weimar bullet_pfeil Presentation (DE) for download
  • Der Weller-Neubau im Nationalpark Parc naturel régional des Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin, Francois Streiff, Saint-Come-Du-Mont / Frankreich bullet_pfeilpresentation for download (EN)
  • Führung zu den Lehm- und Strohballenbauten im Wangeliner Garten, Michael Weser, Lehmbauer, Ganzlin
  • Der Neubau des Instituts für Baubiologie + Nachhaltigkeit, IBN, Rosenheim, Achim Pilz, Bausatz, Stuttgart bullet_pfeilpresentation for download
  • Warum baut Apple mit Lehm? Neue Ergebnisse europäischer Forschungsprogramme zum Baustoff Lehm, Manfred Lemke, Vorstand Dachverband Lehm, Norden bullet_pfeil presentation for download

Accompanying programme: Earth paints with Andrea Silbermann

Languages: German and English

Fee:  60 EUR including handout, lunch, drinks, coffee/tea, cake. Free participation for young people aged up to 24.

Party and Evening programme
Lifemusik and Dancing with the band Dr. Bajan
Costs: 15 EUR / 12 EUR (ermäßigt)

bullet_pfeilProgramme European EarthbuildingDay L21/2017 zum download


The exhibition and the Earth Building Day is funded by the Federal State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and by the Norddeutsche Stiftung für Umwelt und Entwicklung / North German foundation for environment and development from the income of Bingo Umwelt Lotterie / Bingo environmental lottery.

European Earthbuilding Day  2016


Initiatives from Germany, France and the United Kingdom report new approaches to teaching and learning in earth building.

Share your future and shape your story in the world Cafe: Discuss and exchange your experiences in career guidance and education for sustainability.



  • Down to Earth Project – youth work camps in UK, Mark McKenna
  • Vocational training in earth building, Dietmar Schäfer – Berufliches Schulzentrum Leipziger Land
  • Earth building in architecture education, Britta Wolff
  • Wangeliner Workcamps – A project within the programme “Berufsbildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung befördern. Über grüne Schlüsselkompetenzen zu klima- und ressourcenschonendem Handeln im Beruf – BBNE”( To further vocational education and training for sustainable development. Green key competencies leading to job based climate- and resource-saving actions – BBNE ) , Eva Greischel, FAL e.V.

World – Café  ‘Vocational guidance and training in sustainable building and construction’ .

All learners and trainers in the sustainable building sector are invited to participate.

Date: Saturday July 23rd, 10 – 17 h
Venue: Seminarhaus Wangeliner Garten
Languages: German / English
20.00 h Big garden party with live music with The Transsylvanians at Wangeliner Garten.

Die Vortragsveranstaltung findet statt im Rahmen des Projektes “Wangeliner Workcamps – Eine grüne Idee von Zukunft” und wird gefördert im ESF-Bundesprogramm „Berufsbildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung befördern. Über grüne Schlüsselkompetenzen zu klima- und ressourcenschonendem Handeln im Beruf – BBNE”.




Stampflehm Lehmmuseum

European Earthbuilding Day  2015

Photo exhibition
Rammed Earth Wall – A symbiosis of aesthetics
and functionality
The exhibition shows photos of historical and modern rammed earth buildings from Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom. The photo exhibition is the result of a European wide photo competition organised by the European School of Earth Building.
Venue: Lehmmuseum Gnevsdorf (Clay Museum Gnevsdorf )
Steinstraße 64A in 19395 Ganzlin, OT Gnevsdorf
Date: Friday, July 17th 2015
18:30 h snacks and drinks available before the opening at the clay museum
19:30 h Britta Wolff, president Förderkreis Lehmmuseum e.V.,
opens the exhibition.
Introductory speech by Jörg Depta, Fa. LehmBauWerk, Berlin

bullet_pfeil programme for download

European Earthbuilding Day : Rammed earth – across Europe

Saturday, July 18th 2015, 10 – 18.00 h
Seminar hourse  Wangeliner Garten
bullet_pfeilprogramme for download


Introduction Rammed Earth today
Reducing CO2 emissions in construction can be ‘Normal’
Prefabrication of rammed earth elements,
Traditional and new rammed earth buildings in Portugal
Guided visit of the rammed earth house, Wangeliner Garten
Church community centre, Karlsruhe and modern rammed earth products, Jörg Meyer, Fa. conluto, Germany
Demonstration: Producing a rammed earth mixture; visiting the results of the building site course Rammed Earth
Transparent insulation combined with rammed earth walls
The European Learn.Earth Certificate: learning outcomes rammed earth building – a result of the European Project PIRATE, Roland Kaeble, EBUKI, UK and Maria Brown, ESTEPA, Spain

Presentations for download

CO2 Reduction and Rammed Earth, R. Kaeble
Das Europäische Lern.Lehm Zertifikat Stampflehmbau
Zwischen Tradition und Moderne,   J.Depta

Transparente Wärmedämmung,   G.Ludewig
Stampflehmfertigteile Eine Bauweise mit Zukunft?,  U.Wirthwein
Stampflehmbau in Portugal, Catarina Pereira

Party and Evening programme
Lifemusik and Dancing with the band Bad Penny –  Rostock

The exhibition and the Earth Building Day is funded by the Federal State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and by the Norddeutsche Stiftung für Umwelt und Entwicklung / North German foundation for environment and development from the income of Bingo Umwelt Lotterie / Bingo environmental lottery.


European Earth Building Day 2012

vergessen_pk_vornCordwood masonry can still occasionally be found in North Eastern Poland and in parts of Czech Republic. These building techniques and as other traditional techniques like finger clay plasters and cob building alike are nowadays rapidly disappearing and often not even known to earth building specialists.

The European School of Earth Building collaborates with the Clay Museum Gnevsdorf to keep knowledge and skills of traditional earth building crafts alive. Therefore we dedicate the European Earth Building day 2012 to Forgotten earth building techniques.  We invite you to come to Wangelin and meet and exchange with European earth building crafts people on July 21st. A photo exhibition will be opened on Friday evening at the Clay Museum, showing pictures of rare and forgotten techniques: Walls made of earth breads in opus spicatum in the  Vysočina region in Czech Republic, special wattle and daub walls using long straw in a farmer house in Manker / Brandenburg (Germany) about 1700, different varieties of Cord wood walls in North east Poland and Finland, decorative finger plasters from Hana /Moravia (CZ) from the last century. A clay finger plaster coat found in a wine cellar in Moravia is being dated after the Thirty Years’ War. Pictures have been contributed by Piet Karlstedt, Milan Ráček, Dietmar Schäfer, Jarosław Szewczyk, Mikko Tuononen und Ivana Žabičková. The exhibition will be opened on Friday, at 19:30 h. Doc. Ing. Ivana Žabičková will focus in her introductory speech  on historical earth building crafts in the Vycocina und Hana region.

At the open Workshop at Saturday, July 21st, builders from Czech Republic, Finland and Germany, will perform crafts like building walls with Dünner Lehmbrote, Opus Spicatum earth breads, cord wood, decorative finger plasters and wattle and daub techniques with long straw. They will be using historical mixtures made of pit clay, sand, cooped straw, ash from wood, lime, horse dung, sawdust, horse pit, cowpat, spruce needles and long straw.

Visitors and guest are invited to work with these traditional mortars and plasters.

Cordwood masonry can still occasionally be found in North Eastern Poland and in parts of Czech Republic.These building techniques and as other traditional techniques like finger clay plasters and cob building alike are nowadays forgotten and often not even known to earth building specialists. The European Earth Building Day 2012 aims to keep knowledge and skills of these forgotten techniques alive.
Part I
Opening of the photo exhibition „Forgotten Earth Building Techniques“
Venue:     Clay Museum Gnevsdorf
Steinstraße 64A in 19395 Buchberg, OT Gnevsdorf
Tiem:    Friday, Juli 20th 2012
19.30 h    Opening of the photo exhibition, Piet Karlstedt, FAL e.V.
Introductory speech
Doc. Ing. Ivana Žabičková, CSc,Technical University Brno
Pictures will show examples of traditional, but today unknown regional earth building techniques like cob building, cord wood, finger plasters, clay breads etc.

Free entrance to the opening. Food and drinks will be available at 19.00 h right outside the museum. The exhibition will be shown until October 3rd 2012 , Tu – So 10-17h.

Part II –Presentation and practical workshop
Date:    Saturday, July 21st 2012

Finger plasters                Marek Vlcek, Czech Republic
Opus Picatum walls           Marek Vlcek, Czech Republic
cord wood  1                Teuvo Ranki, Finland
cord wood  2                Frantisek Mrazek, Czech Republic
Lehmwickel mit Langsstroh        Piet Karlstedt, Germany
wattle and daub with long straw         Piet Karlstedt, Germany
Dünner ‘clay breads’            Sigurd Kindel, Germany

You are invited to test and perform one or more of these different techniques.

Time schedule
9.00  – 10.00    Introduction into the different techniques
wattle and daub techniques using long straw, Dünner clay breads, cord wood, finger plasters
10.00 – 12.30    Presentation and workshop – part I
12.30 – 13.30    lunch at Wangeliner Garten
13.30 –  18.00     Presentation and workshop – part II
19.00    Summer party at Wangeliner Garten
life music Balkan – Weltfolkswing with Bella Basta Capella
more infos:
fee:     60 EUR / 38 EUR for young people up to the age of 26
venue:    Earth Building workshop Dorfstr. 28 in 19395 Buchberg, OT Wangelin.
Fees include lunch, coffee/tea, cake, life music.
Additional tickets for admission to the summer garden party are available for 12 EUR or 8 EUR.
Language will be German and English. We will translate subsequently on demand.



European Earth Building Day 2011

kasbah_pk_LehmexpressOpening of the photo exhibition in  Lehmmuseum (Clay museum) Gnevsdorf
Ksar and Kasbah – Earthern Architecture in Marocco”

Opening  speech „Lehmexpress – reconstruction of the Maroccan Kasbah Caid Ali Al Jadida“  Manfred Fahnert speaking
Fr., July 22rd 2011, 19.00 h
free entrance


Symposium „Experience Earth Building Site – intercultural exchange for young people and adults”

Sa., July 23rd 2011,  10.00 – 18.00 h
Fee: 20,- EUR

The aim of this conference is to exchange experiences
with work camps, building site projects, voluntary youth work in rural areas, which are more or less connected with natural  building projects.
The „Earth -Café“ invites organisers and (future) participants of to an open exchange on this topics.
Which problems and solutions are to be coped with by organising and providing group building site projects ?
What special problems do organisers face in rural areas, with lack of attraction for young people?
What chances do voluntary programmes for youngsters in rural areas?
How can my organisation organise and facilitate learning and working on an natural building site.

10.00     picture presentations and discussion
– Lehmexpress in Morocco, Manfred Fahnert, Tom Küstner
– Manker – Restoration of a heritage building in Brandenburg/Germany, Piet Karlstedt, Bernd Henning, Iugendbauhütte Berlin-Brandenburg
– Straw bale building in Siberia / Russia – international youth project, Horst Laube, Grüner Grashalm e.V.

14.00 – 17.30     „Earth – Café“ : World café for exchange with experts and participants

evening programme

The origin of earth – music and pictures about origin and decline of earth and earthern architecture in the sahara
Concept: Manfred Fahnert
Fee: 8,- EUR
Programme, details and registration form for download.


European Earth Building Day 2010

japanische_LehmarchitekturEurope meets Japan” is the motto of this year’s  European Earth Building Day .  The Japanese master in clay plastering  Susumu Harada and the German professor Manfred Speidel will be giving an insight in the Japanese Earth Building Culture.

On Friday, July 23rd 2010, the Lehmmuseum Gnevsdorf is opening the photo exhibition  „Japanese Architecture and Clay Plaster”.   Manfred Speidel,  professor of  architecture theory at the  Rheinisch Westfälisch Techni­sche Hochschule in Aachen, an expert in Japanese architecture and  earth building culture has compiled the photo exhibition.  He will be giving the introductory speech into traditional and modern earthern architecture in Japane.

Each time it is a big event, when European clay plasterers have the chance to meet and learn from a Japanese plaster master.  This time plasterers coming from six European countries will be participating in the two-days workshop in Wangelin from July 22nd to 24th.  The European School of Earth Building is also inviting interested practitioneers and planners to view the results of the workshop on Saturday, July 24th, at 19.00 h and to join the European-Japanese dinner in the Wangliner Garten on Saturday evening.

Programme and registration for the opening of the photo exhibition and the public viewing Europe meets Japan – Exhibition Japanese Architecture and Clay Plaster for downlaoad
Programme and registration for the Japanese clay plaster course L16/2010 for download

Read more about Japanese clay plaster M2_R1_t3_Japanese_Clay_Plater.en . This pdf is part of the CD Clay plaster and Design.


japanische Lehmbauarchitektur

Meeting House, Wase University, Japanische Lehmbauarchitektur, photo: M.Isumura


European children Earth Building Day (2009)

The exhibition presented various activities with children and earth,  the result of a photo contest with pictures from Germany, France, Poland, Sweden and Slovakia, with Rainer Warzecha giving the introductory speech. The conference day was organised as a market place, with space for presentation and discourse by different players e.g. Wiete Müller, Rainer Warzecha, CRAterre-ENSAG presented by Daniel Toktsch, Irena Raçek, Norbert Sötz, Dirk Zaske/Morgenland. The next day was dedicated to the children, being invited to actively explore, experience and play with earth and clay.

Europäischer Lehmbautag 2009 – Lehmbau und Kinder
European Earth Building Day 2009 – Earth Building and children

European Earth Building Day (2008)

The event started with the opening of the photo exhibition “Colours of Earth in Europe” which was the result of a photo contest. Daniel Duchert, architecture de Terre CRAterre-ENSAG, speaking about the nature of coloured clay minerals. Guests form Finland, Slovakia, Sweden, Romania, Turkey, Poland, France, Austria, Bulgaria and Germany presented the state of art and education in earth building in their country at a market place. Overall topic for the “open space” was the promotion of a European earth building network. People brought in their one issues as part of the agenda, found partners for exploring, learning, sharing, cooperating and discovering. The idea and concept of today’s web portal of the European School of Earth Building has then being originated amongst others.

Finnish Earth Building Day (2007)

The photo exhibition showing „modern and traditional earth houses” in Finland” was introduced by architect Teuvo Ranki. Speakers of the conference were Thomas Commondt on the activities of the Finnish earth building organisation Saviyhdistys Ry, Paavo Järvinen, engineer, about new earth and straw bale houses, Prof. Gernot Minke about clay plaster on straw bale buildings, architect Teuvo Ranki about the clay house at Raiso house building exhibition 1997, Teemu Kuivalainen, restoration technician on the restoring historical clay plaster in Finland and Outi Tuomela, presenting a Finnish-Estonian Interreg-project on using reed as a building material and last but not least Finnish saunas built from earth.

German-Polish Earth Building Day (2006)

Xenia Starzyńska presented her study of traditional earth built houses in the regions of Western Pommerania and Wielkopolska opening the special photo exhibition. The pictures gave a depressing view of wrongly renovated and neglected earth build housing stock. Speakers of the conference were Dr. Leszek Świątek, University Szczecin reporting on the perspectives of Earth Building in Poland, Dr. Radosłav Barek, Wędrowni Architekci, University Poznan introducing the organisation Wędrowni Architekci and the School for Building with Wood and Clay in Łacka and Jarema Dubiel presenting the organisation Earth Hands and Houses in Warsaw. The final panel discussion highlighted the future of a German-Polish Earth Building Network.

Eastern European Earth Building Day (2005)

The 2005 study visit of trainers and VET professionals to the eastern European countries, Czech Republic, Hungary and Bulgaria, organised by FAL e.V. and funded within the EU–programme Leonardo Mobility opened up the south east European earth building heritage to us. To thank our hosts we organised an East European earth building event including a photo exhibition in the Lehmmuseum Gnevsdorf and a conference. The pictures documented the rich architectural earth building heritage in Czech Republic and Bulgaria and the eco village Máriahalom in Hungary.
Prof. Ivana Zabicková (Czech republic) and Varvara Valtchanova, architecture de Terre CRAterre-ENSAG, (Bulgaria) reported about their countries’ earthen architectural heritage and actions to preserve it.