UP STRAW: Urban and Public Buildings in Straw


Project Summary

STRAW: premium biobased building material

Creating a healthy and comfortable inner climate in buildings and reducing CO2 can go hand-in-hand! Building with straw, in combination with clay, has this effect.

CO2 reduction takes place by optimal insulation and by the CO2 contained in the natural material straw itself. The use of straw and clay creates a healhy, dampopen inner climate.

Straw is widely available and can be applied in new constructions (houses, offices, schools, public buildings). Straw is also applicable for the insulation of existing buildings. Straw can be used immediately from the production location (farmland), without a further processing.

This makes straw the premium biobased building material.

 

UP STRAW: a collaborative approach to creating straw awareness and use

Heating all of the buildings in NWE accounts for about 15% of the GHG emissions. The implementatie/application of straw as building insulation helps to reduce that in a natural way.

We will demonstratie that in five projects: buildings made of bales, wrapped in straw and created with prefab straw panels. Ready for implementation in the building industry.

Educational programs for architects, constructors and straw craftsman will facilitate knowledge development. University modulair program elements make students aware of the possibilities and application conditions.

Implementation of straw elements in building methodology and Building Information Modelling software will facilitate the use of straw elements in the building industry.

Communicating the advantages, application and the effects of building with straw will create interest in the possibilities and application.

 

 

 

 

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
Centre National de la Construction en Paille Alex Goullet 69 bis rue des Déportés et des Internés
Montargis
45200
France
alex.goullet@cncp-feuillette.fr www.cncp-feuillette.fr
Name Contact Name Email Country
Cluster Eco-construction Hervé-Jacques Poskin hj@ecoconstruction.be Belgium
Strobouw Nederland Marcel Zwart marcel@strobouw.nl Netherlands
Gemeente Tilburg Ruud Oerlemans ruud.oerlemans@tilburg.nl Netherlands
The School of Natural Building Eileen Sutherland eileen@schoolofnaturalbuilding.co.uk United Kingdom
Hastings Borough Council Rachel Ellis Rachel.Ellis@groundwork.org.uk United Kingdom
Plankstetten Benedictine Abbey Benedikt Kaesberg Benedikt.Kaesberg@kloster-plankstetten.de Germany

Action & Activity


Survey Straw construction and summer comfort (FR)

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Context During the hot summer of 2018, the APPROCHE-Paille association launched an investigation with the aim of gaining an insight into summer comfort in isolated straw houses. In total, 30 buildings were studied. The survey included objective questions (temperature measurement) as well as more subjective ones (felt in the home) but just as important in the evaluation of summer comfort. Unless otherwise indicated, the values ​​presented are averages for all 30 responses. Read More


Events


Big Strawbale Gathering UK 2018

, Wales UK

SBUK are proud to present the inaugural 'Big Straw Bale Gathering' - a gathering to discuss and learn straw bale construction and share the latest and best thinking within the industry. Working with our sub partner Strawbale Building UK (SBUK) Barbara Jones will be delivering talks, workshops and hands-on experiences about UP Straw as part of the project's work on Training of Construction Sector Professionals and Undergraduates. Held at Down To Earth's beautiful strawbale roundhouse in South Wales. The weekend will feature talks, discussions and hands-on workshops, for all levels, led by the UK's best natural builders and leading associated professionals. So come down and get excited about building with straw, learn some new techniques or get stuck into the geeky technical stuff.
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Construction fair Bois & Habitat / Belgium

, Namur Expo / Namur / BE

The Cluster Eco-construction dedicated a stand to straw construction at the construction fair Bois & Habitat. This construction fair is the only fair in Belgium dedicated to wood construction. During 4 days the UP STRAW Belgian team had the opportunity to talk about straw construction to profesionnals, students and visitors. They showed them projects and highlighted professionals from the straw sector.
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Green Architects Day

, University of Brighton / UK

Eileen Sutherland will be discussing the UP Straw project at this event, as part of the project's work on Training of Construction Sector Professionals and Undergraduates. Sustainability at Scale: Size Matters Size matters and so does what you do with it. "When you have more than you need build a bigger table not a higher fence" - Unknown The theme this year is Sustainability at Scale: Size Matters. We will be asking our leading experts if there is any use in our current climate of being a tiny beacon of sustainability or should we be focusing on larger developments. How this can be possible and where the architectural and design community is heading? How does this translate to a city like Brighton and Hove and what is being done here at home? This year's Green Architecture Day promises to be an inspiring day of talks, with stalls and stands, including Meet the Expert and a complimentary light lunch. There will also be a facilitated plenary panel at the end of the day where we explore participants' questions. If public speaking does not come naturally you can still ask questions by ballot.
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