Summary of the project

'E-Academy of Building Trades - E-learning Platform of Traditional Craftsmanship' is a transnational project answering the great need for new, innovative approaches in the education of the craftsmanship related to traditional building methods. The partnership is made of university faculties, adult education providers of building professions, non-governmental organisations being active in the heritage sector and an architectural design studio with the common aim to assemble new, digital type of learning materials helping to revive and maintain these professions as lifetime occupations.

The project primarily targets young people and low-skilled or low-qualified adults, offering them an online accessible, open-access distant learning educational platform that hosts training courses of disappearing architectural professions. The series of shortfilms teach practical skills, hands-on expertise in a structured and illustrative way, providing easily perceivable knowledge for the learners who can be part of a virtual learning community, interacting with the providers of the tutorials and with other students, filling tests about the topics of the courses and receiving certificates at the end of each successful training.

The e-learning platform is designed in a way to be able to host further training courses after the project's lifetime, being open for further partners, stakeholders and contributors with identical aims. The learning resources can later be combined with any practical trainings, workshop activities to strengthen the effectiveness of the gained knowledge, skills and competences. The learning modules can be also integrated to existing trainings of adult education or VET providers or even to special maintenance programmes which help the homeowners to take care of their properties on their own.

To help all these initiatives special guidance materials will be assembled to facilitate the continuous further extension of the online academy and to ease the implementation of the video courses to the curricula of the different training institutions throughout Europe. Additionally to the realisation of the project outputs the European Festival of Traditional Building Trades will be organised in all partner countries to popularise the results and the craftsmanship essential for maintaining monument buildings and for the continuation of sustainable architectural solutions for the benefit of the future generations.

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    Tile stoves

    masonry heater (also called a masonry stove) is a device for warming an interior space through radiant heating, by capturing the heat from periodic burning of fuel (usually wood), and then radiating the heat at a fairly constant temperature for a long period. Masonry heaters covered in tile are called cocklestoves (also tile stoves or ceramic stoves). The technology has existed in different forms, from back into the Neoglacial and Neolithic periods.


    Blacksmiths work by heating pieces of wrought iron or steel until the metal becomes soft enough for shaping with hand tools, such as a hammer, an anvil and a chisel. Heating generally takes place in a forge fueled by propane, natural gas, coal, charcoal, coke, or oil. Some modern blacksmiths may also employ an oxyacetylene or similar blowtorch for more localized heating. Induction heating methods are gaining popularity among modern blacksmiths.

    Stained Glass

    Stained glass, in the arts, the coloured glass used for making decorative windows and other objects through which light passes. Strictly speaking, all coloured glass is “stained,” or coloured by the addition of various metallic oxides while it is in a molten state. Nevertheless, the term stained glass has come to refer primarily to the glass employed in making ornamental or pictorial windows.

    Estonian Logbuilding

    Historians believe that the first log buildings (ristpalkmaja) in the Estonian region were built at least 2000 years ago and presume that Estonians learned their building skills from the Baltic tribes; the Estonian words for axe (kirves) and wall (sein) originate in Baltic languages rather than in the dominant Finno-Ugric. In vernacular peasant architecture, both dwelling houses and outbuildings typically were built of round logs until the middle of the 19th century, while hewn logs were used for manors and public houses.

    Brick Masonry

    Brick masonry is a highly durable form of construction. It is built by placing bricks in mortar in a systematic manner to construct solid mass that withstand exerted loads. There are several types of bricks and number of mortars which can be used to construct brick masonry.Since the bulk of the vegetation stays dry and is densely packed—trapping air—thatching also functions as insulation. The mud is used to fill up various joints brick masonry work. Thickness of the mortar joint is 12 mm. It is the cheapest type of brick masonry.

    Portuguese Tiles (Azulejos)

    Azulejos are found on the interior and exterior of churches, palaces, ordinary houses, schools, and nowadays, restaurants, bars and even railways or subway stations. They were not only used as an ornamental art form, but also had a specific functional capacity like temperature control in homes. There is also a tradition of their production in former Spanish and Portuguese colonies in North America, South America, Goa, Lusophone Africa, East Timor and the Philippines.

    Reed Thatching

    Thatching is the craft of building a roof with dry vegetation such as straw, water reed, sedge (Cladium mariscus), rushes, heather, or palm branches, layering the vegetation so as to shed water away from the inner roof. Since the bulk of the vegetation stays dry and is densely packed—trapping air—thatching also functions as insulation. It is a very old roofing method and has been used in both tropical and temperate climates. Thatch is still employed by builders in developing countries, usually with low-cost local vegetation.

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