Some of the public straw buildings across the UK. Read More
UP STRAW: Urban and Public Buildings in Straw
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.
1C rue Eugène Thibaut
The School of Natural Building
1 Hollinroyd Farm
Todmorden West Yorkshire
Hastings Borough Council
1 Aquila House Breeds Place
Plankstetten Benedictine Abbey
Centre National de la Construction en Paille
69 bis rue des Déportés et des Internés
|Centre National de la Construction en Paille||Alex Goullet||
69 bis rue des Déportés et des Internés
|Cluster Eco-construction||Hervé-Jacques Poskinfirstname.lastname@example.org||Belgium|
|Strobouw Nederland||Marcel Zwartemail@example.com||Netherlands|
|Gemeente Tilburg||Ruud Oerlemansfirstname.lastname@example.org||Netherlands|
|The School of Natural Building||Eileen Sutherlandemail@example.com||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
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
Frequently asked questions (and answers) about strawbale building by Barbara Jones from the School of Natural Building. Read More
An extensive list of books, articles and websites recommended by Barbara Jones from the School of Natural Building. Read More
Research proves it: Straw bale social housing is energy-efficient Read More
Different ways in which the carbon footprint of public buildings can be reduced. Read More
Research is increasingly highlighting the adverse effects of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) on health and well being. Read More
We can interpret strawbale public buildings by applying critical theory, by Allan Sutherland of the School of Natural Building. Read More
This article from the Architects' Journal describes the construction of Lordship Hub in London, Read More
The first ever Big Straw Bale Gathering (UK) was held in Wales in August 2018 and was a great success. Read More
Gathering German speaking players of major straw bale buildings.
Presenting the technical development of straw bale building in Germany based on exemplary buildings.
Defining needs for further technical development in building with straw.
Program: technical visit of the boarding school of agricultural college of Venours built in wood, straw and earth plasters. demonstration straw insulation and earth plasters, fire test. Conferences: straw building in the region, the straw building an efficient solution and exchanges with the public.
Meeting with the general public and local political authorithies.
Demonstration and awareness building straw. Benefits, techniques, producers.
Meeting with the general public for two days. Exchange of knowledge with the general public. What are the advantages of straw construction?
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.
The French Network for Straw Building (RFCP) is 12 years old. It has foundations, values, an history.
Three days of meetings and exchanges with professionals of the straw bale building.
Participation in the first edition of "The ChangeLab week" as part of the European Week of Sustainable Development.
The CNCP has dedicated a stand and a conference to the benefits of straw construction and the UP STRAW project.
We were able to interact with a non-professional audience.
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.
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.
The Cluster Eco-construction, together with Ecobuild Brussels, held a stand at the biggest construction fair in Belgium : Batibouw. Our objective was to give information to the 285.000 visitors about Green Building Experts with a particular focus on straw construction this year.