Learn about our eco house near Lunca Cernii de Jos, Romania




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    Hi, here is a Strawbale House waiting for you to help with building. Woodwork, timber, poles and beams, nails and hammers, electric saws and so on. In June-July, attic and then roof. In July or August, strawbale walls and clay plaster.

    Althought there may be other houses alike, this one will have one-meter thick walls, because climate is cold and winter is long. The house will be heated mostly with compost by using thermophilic bacteria reactor, but also will have as a backup a combination stove (kitchen + fireplace) heating the whole house using an unusual concept, related to bell-stoves and a bit inspired from rocket stoves as well. Electricity comes from solar panels (even in winter, I have many panels and am frugal), water form a ground well.

    First in May we'll work for the main structure (mostly erecting and fixing wood beams and poles) and second floor infrastructure (wood beams and studs and covering with timber), erecting the roof framing, and in June we expect some woodwork and manipulating mineral wool for attic insulation, Probably around July we have to build the roof of the house. July to September we'll rise, protect and plaster the strawbale walls.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Help with Eco project

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have plenty of historical and beautiful location to visit around: Deva Stronghold, Sarmizegetusa (2500 y.o.) ruins and others at 40 miles away; also here is a beatiful place to just stay and enjoy for a while, far away from cities.

    From me, you may learn how to do your own photovoltaic system, how to make a house with extremely low heat losses, how to combine high and low technologies to make for a sustainable way of life in a faraway place.

    We have enjoyable neighbours, they also practice "workaway" and are hosts, and we meet all summer plenty of people, mostly form Germanic-Nordic countries, but also we had French and Italy. Lots of fun.

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    From May: we'll do the main structure (mostly erecting and fixing wood beams and poles) and second floor infrastructure (wood beams and studs and covering with timber), erecting the roof framing, and in June we expect manipulating wood and mineral wool for attic insulation, and then build the roof of the house probably around June-July.

    From July-August, Strawbales building.

    Need no special skills, because the work itself will be quite easy and straightforward to catch: just to manipulate and insert the bales in the walls, press them in the space, and then secure them with wood and nails; also the bales will be "treated" against pests with sodium carbonate, and will be protected against rodents with a galvanized steel net.

    Another step will be to plaster the bales with a clay solution; this clay is plenty locally, must just be mixed and applied.

    After, the walls will be secured with some thin timber studs; next step involves sticking plastic foil on the interior of the walls on these studs; is a rather delicate process and foil needs to be kept intact, no holes; at the studs surfaces will be holes from the clips and nails used, but will be sealed with some silicone or other material to be impervious to air leaks. Air contains water vapors and must not go from inside of the house to the bales, because condensation will occur and bales will rot.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Romanian

  • Accommodation


    We have actually a room which can accomodate on bad weather up to 4 people, and otherwise plenty of location around for tents and caravans. But I will keep the number of visitors to mostly 4 to ensure in any case (lets say we had days in June and August when temperature at night drops to 3-4 celsius) they can refugiate in the house.

    We are not vegetarians; we eat various food, mostly romanian/balcanic traditional dishes (various soups and sauces, vegetables, with and without meat).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Local transportation:

    -Bus from Hunedoara to here (55km away) is in Monday and Wednesday afternoon, at 15:30; Fridays at 16:30.
    -Bus from here to Hunedoara is in the same days at 6:30 in the morning.
    Also there may be locals who go to city around 9-10 in the morning

    -Buses Deva to Hunedoara (10km) are every 15 minutes in daytime.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 723933924384