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.

 

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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



Events


1-day VISITS | December 5 / Belgium

, Liège - Belgium

On December 5 we organized a hole day dedicated to straw construction for students from Helmo school in Liège from technical sales representative section. In the morning, Hugues Delcourt from the Cluster Eco-construction, introduced the students to straw construction. He explained the characteristics of straw: thermal performances, fire resistance, air quality, humidity transfers and life cycle analysis. Then he talked about straw construction: construction techniques, advantages and disadvantages and the legal context. To conclude, he showed examples of straw construction and the costs related. In the afternoon, the students visited first the Waldcube. It is a small pre-fab housing unit designed to be moved and self-sufficient. The structure is made of wood and is insulated with straw. Then the ecocenter in Liège. They built a shelter with the load-bearing technique and renovated their roof with pre-fab straw structures from Paille-Tech company.
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1-hour CONFERENCE | November 18 / Belgium

, Namur - Belgium

Hugues Delcourt from the Cluster Eco-construction held a conference during the fair dedicated to alternative and innovative housing. The visitors had the opportunity to learn about straw construction and the numerous qualities of straw material: thermal insulation, natural humidity regulation and healthy indoor climate. Various examples in Wallonia were presented: individual housings but also schools and offices.
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3-hours INTRODUCTION TRAINING | November 15 / Belgium

, Namur - Belgium

Hugues Delcourt from the Cluster Eco-construction talked to construction professionals about straw construction for 3 hours. After a short introduction he explained more in detail straw material: its characteristics, thermal performances, fire resistance, air quality, humidity transfers and life cycle analysis. The second part of the evening was dedicated to straw construction: construction techniques, advantages and disadvantages and legal context. To conclude, he showed examples of straw construction and the costs related
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1-hour CONFERENCE | October 20 / Belgium

, Namur - Belgium

Hugues Delcourt from the Cluster Eco-construction held a conference during the construction fair “Energie & Habitat”. The visitors had the opportunity to learn about straw construction and the numerous qualities of straw material: thermal insulation, natural humidity regulation and healthy indoor climate. Various examples in Wallonia were presented: individual housings but also schools and offices.
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