Frequently asked questions (and answers) about strawbale building by Barbara Jones from the School of Natural Building. 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 Poskinemail@example.com||Belgium|
|Strobouw Nederland||Marcel Zwartfirstname.lastname@example.org||Netherlands|
|Gemeente Tilburg||Ruud Oerlemansemail@example.com||Netherlands|
|The School of Natural Building||Eileen Sutherlandfirstname.lastname@example.org||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
An extensive list of books, articles and websites recommended by Barbara Jones from the School of Natural Building. Read More
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Different ways in which the carbon footprint of public buildings can be reduced. Read More
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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
Producer meeting to collect relevant information about how to organize the market according to their need. Explanation and training on good quality bale production. Read More
An essential companion of construction site for the professionals and auto builders. Published by RFCP (French Network of Straw Construction). Read More
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
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.
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.
Open air fair to introduce sustainable building practices to the public and local government.
Workshop, talks and practices were organized to stimulate people to adopt these new practices. Lots of these activities were happening around straw bale building.
Big popular fair that is reproduce all over Europe to highlight alternative lifestyle living that are more sustainable and healthy.
A wide space was organised for sustainable building and straw bale building was well represented.
Introduction of the UP STRAW Project while the national seminar of Spanish straw bale building network.
Meeting with european actors, advantage of the UP STRAW project, interreg opportunities, network structuration.
Local Fairs of construction and retrofitting professional. We had a place to present straw bale building and respond public questions.
Small conferences where also organised.
For 5 days, 8 construction professionals learnt about straw construction with a French trainer.
One part of the training was dedicated to theoretical knowledge: acquire knowledge of professional standards for wood frame construction insulated with straw, learn about thermal insulation and building physics or be able to explain technical details.
A significant part of the training was focused on practice: implement straw bales, build a wood frame, implement bays and equipment, facing and maintenance.
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?