On July 7th - the Day of Saint Benedict, the patron saint of Europe - the Benedictine monks in Plankstetten (Germany) will celebrate the foundation stone ceremony for their straw bale building "Haus St. Wunibald". 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.
Plankstetten Benedictine Abbey
Hastings Borough Council
1 Aquila House Breeds Place
The School of Natural Building
1 Hollinroyd Farm
Todmorden West Yorkshire
1C rue Eugène Thibaut
Centre National de la Construction en Paille
69 bis rue des Déportés et des Internés
|Centre National de la Construction en Paille||
69 bis rue des Déportés et des Internés
|Strobouw Nederland||Wouter Klijnemail@example.com||Netherlands|
|Plankstetten Benedictine Abbey||Benedikt Kaesberg||Benedikt.Kaesberg@kloster-plankstetten.de||Germany|
|Hastings Borough Council||Rachel Ellis||Rachel.Ellis@groundwork.org.uk||United Kingdom|
|The School of Natural Building||Eileen Sutherlandfirstname.lastname@example.org||United Kingdom|
|Gemeente Tilburg||Ruud Oerlemansemail@example.com||Netherlands|
|Cluster Eco-construction||Hervé-Jacques Poskinfirstname.lastname@example.org||Belgium|
Action & Activity
We installed a WEBCAM at the Plankstetten monastery so you can watch the daily progress of South Germanys largest straw bale construction: https://www.kloster-plankstetten.de/generalsanierung/ Read More
Fans of straw bale building can now follow UP STRAW in German on the new facebook page #Bau.mit.stroh! With several posts per week the German UP STRAW partner is informing about news in the project and the straw bale building market! Read More
More than 20 straw building companies in Germany received a post mailing with sales supporting information materials such as the new FAQ-Flyer "Why building with straw? The five myths of straw bale building" Read More
The first episode of the German podcast series "Experience straw bale building" is now online with english subtitles. Read More
Builders in Germany and Austria can now find easily straw building professionals in their region by searching in the new online register. Read More
School and college on 2 floors in straw ! Read More
Students learning by building their study room with straw. Read More
LCA and the case study of a school insulated with straw. Read More
An inspirational movie showing the wonderful progress at Hastings Visitor Centre. Read More
The info day "Experience straw bale building" including a live bale pressing action planned for Saturday, March 21st had to be canceled due to Corona. Nevertheless the pressing of more than 2000 straw bales took place successfully.
With the bales South Germany’s biggest straw insulated house will be built this summer in the Benedictine Abbey of Plankstetten (Bavaria). The monks are constructing a general purpose building with 30 guest rooms, a kinder garden and parish offices.
It took several days to transform about 400 m3 of ecological straw from the monastery fields from big bales into bales right sized for building. For this purpose the prototype of a mobile press machine was brought from Austria to the Abbey.
The company Sonnenklee had developed it over three years. The machine produces between 1,5 and three tons of straw bales per hour (10-25 m3 per hour depending on the bale size). With this press house builders can get straw bales from their regional farms and produce them at any time in the year customized to the format needs of the carpentry in charge.
The planned public event "Experience straw bale building" was of high interest for journalists, building professionals and lay builders who already had announced to come. Therefore the pressing action was filmed and a video podcast will be published shortly on the building project and the straw bale production.
The Clos Perrain, 1st chai in Gironde, in loadbearing straw, to use this technique. This is to meet the requirements of biodynamics: no emission of volatile substances likely to pollute wines, thanks to an optimum level of insulation.
> 172m² straw walls, 570 straw bales
Among the guests there were professionals in the wine sector but also contractors in the construction sector.
Beautiful visit that ended with a wine tasting offered by the winemaker!
This event was in collaboration with the world famous Glasgow School of Art. Barbara Jones talked about UP Straw, differing straw bale building techniques, using straw bales in load-bearing walls, and cement-free foundations. Q&A followed.
Free, but ticketed. Held in the Reid building lecture theatre.
Barbara Jones, FRSA, is well known internationally as a pioneer of straw bale building and designer of innovative foundations (including using car tyres). She has been designing and building with natural materials for 20 years; including forming part of the Straw bale tour of the USA in 1999, organised by Judy Knox and Matts Myrhman, that brought European straw bale pioneers to the US. Barbara has also developed a uniquely empowering method of practical training on building sites. She was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Women in Construction in 2011, and a Woman of Outstanding Achievement Award in 2009. Her practical skills include strawbale building, clay and lime plastering, carpentry and roofing.
The School of Natural Building and UP Straw were part of this major event. Over 3 days Futurebuild welcomed 27,000 industry influencers and shapers to drive real change. A world class knowledge programme, an exhibition of 450 innovative brands and a host of networking events came together to create an unmissable experience. .
Odéys had a booth at the Innovation Village, in the bio-based materials division.
Numerous exchanges and meetings between building professionals took place.
Also meeting with public buyers: Regional Council, Department, Bordeaux Métropole, etc. to introduce them to the network and encourage them to integrate straw material into their future projects.
UP Straw was represented at Build It Live North West, which took place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February 2020 at Manchester’s EventCity, providing a weekend of inspiration and expert guidance all under one roof.
The UP STRAW project was present on December 3, 2019 at the 2nd Norman Conference of the Circular Economy, alongside other Norman players in green building.
This presence was an opportunity to present the market development tools implemented in Normandy through ACCORT-Paille Normandie and to make new contacts with regional players, in particular the Rancoper network (Network of Norman Buyers for Orders Public Eco-Responsible).
The ODEYS Cluster, Résonance Paille and Alter Amazones joined forces with the Interprofessions of the Forêt-Bois-Papier sector of Nouvelle-Aquitaine to organize the Regional Wood Construction Days on November 28, 29 and 30, which will therefore have a coloring “ Straw ”this year.
Wood and straw are strongly linked and this link will therefore be illustrated throughout these meetings.
At the Zénith de Limoges: conferences, trade fair, exhibitions, visits, gala evening and above all a lot of exchanges!
On November 27th a straw insulated wall-mounted model was installed infront of the Benedictine Abbey in Plankstetten, Germany and presented to local authorities and press representatives.
Straw bale building expert Benedikt Kaesberg explained the advantages of this building method to the mayor of Berching and the city manager as well as to the funding partners of the Abbey Plankstetten. The Monastery is building the largest straw insulated public building in Southern Germany.
For the next year the wall modell with information panel will be displayed at the entrance of the monastery for public information.
During the two Christmas markets in December it was very popular with visitors.
Our German partner, Benedikt Kaesberg organized a study and awareness-raising trip to straw construction at the end of November. Professionals, institutions and a group carrying out a participative housing project in the Freiburg region visited two sites:
the St Dié des Vosges residence, exemplary achievement (energy efficiency, bio-based materials, Passivhaus certified) and a visit to the construction site of seven houses in Sexau (Germany).
In Saint Dié, the reception was particularly neat because eleven years ago, the Toit Vosgien (the social landlord), had met its German counterparts upstream of the wood / straw project, to benefit from their knowledge in PassivHaus certification ...
Since its completion in 2014, the Jules Ferry Residence has demonstrated to a wide audience the daily interest, especially for its users, of such an achievement.
As for our group of Germans, he left enthusiastic: discoveries, exchanges, networking and future projects… in straw