Cultural & Natural Heritage, Projects, Sustainable Development


The Enerterre Solidarity Workshops facilitate the renovation of habitats – particularly vernacular habitat – of people in precarious situations, by organizing participatory projects. With the support of craftsmen and trainers, volunteers are trained in eco-construction and eco-renovation, using natural material and local technics.

The HELPS project aims to adapt and transfer the experience of the Chantiers Enerterre in Greece, Italy and Spain.

  • The Enerterre Solidarity Workshops reinforce cohesion, reducing isolation of people in precariousness and improving their living environment.
  • They offer a non-formal training method.
  • They improve the habitat through the commitment of the inhabitants themselves and local self-help.
  • They contribute to sustainable local development by promoting eco-construction.

Types of work undertaken by the Chantiers solidaire Enerterre

Repair work and realization of blasters; Light masonry restoration work; Wall insulation works; Preparation work before a biggest intervention

HELPS has planned a series of training workshops to transfer this method of Chantier Solidaire. 

HELPS puts at your disposal the tools tested and validated during the project:

a Charter and a Strategic document to convince and develop the Chantiers solitaires Enerterre
• a Guide for the development of a Chantiers solitaires Enerterre/ Guide for SHARED AND SUPPORTED SELF-RENOVATION OF HOUSING WITH A SOCIAL, ECOLOGICAL AND HERITAGE VALUE!

Project partners

HELPS brought together 6 local organizations from France, Spain, Italy and Greece. The association Les7Vents is leader of this project.

In Greece, on the 21.10.2020, the MCE has organised a conference “Building with Natural Material With & For People”.