Interview with Brother Andreas Schmidt, OSB, project manager and representative of the builder. 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 Klijnfirstname.lastname@example.org||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 Sutherlandemail@example.com||United Kingdom|
|Gemeente Tilburg||Ruud Oerlemansfirstname.lastname@example.org||Netherlands|
|Cluster Eco-construction||Hervé-Jacques Poskinemail@example.com||Belgium|
Action & Activity
There is a strong network of straw bale construction, nationally and internationally. Read More
Hastings Bourough Council and Cluster Eco-construction Office are candidates at the Green Solutions Awards. Read More
The film explains why and how the benedictine monks in the Bavarian monastery of Plankstetten built a three storey multipurpose building with their own wood and straw. Strong pictures and clear messages also bring across the advantages of straw bale building in general. Enjoy the movie! Read More
The largest renovation with Dutch straw ! The use of straw in the built environment was still a completely new idea for the Municipality of Tilburg at the time. Ultimately, however, it tied in seamlessly with ambitions the municipality has been embracing for over 10 years. Read More
Sporthal de Roomley in Udenhout is one of the 5 winners of the sports accommodation innovation prize. The hall has been completely rebuilt in recent years and was delivered in August 2020. De Roomley is a sustainable building where everyone can play sports in a healthy environment. Read More
On March 20, about 60 people interested in construction, building experts and journalists participated in a construction site tour at Plankstetten Monastery in Bavaria, Germany. 🎤After the welcoming speech and introduction into straw bale building, the visitors walked in small groups through the shell of the building, saw the construction progress and a live demonstration of the plaster application. Read More
Haus St. Wunibald - the largest straw building in southern Germany - is now under roof 😀. The responsible architect Elke Kirst compiled facts and figures about this construction phase for you and explains them in the interview below. Read More
12 walls representative of the main current practices in straw construction were modelled in BIM. Read More
It is the first public straw building in Hastings and will act as a community facility and cafe with interpretation that showcases Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve. Read More
📽On friday 26th around 120 architects, builders, students, crafts people, journalists and people interested in green building watched 20 catchy and informative shortfilms about how to build with straw.
🏗 The event was organized by the German carpentry Grünspecht in Fribourg and promoted by UP STRAW.
At the symposium, building decision-makers and construction experts can inform themselves about the topic of building with straw, about current large-scale projects and the latest building techniques with straw.
On November 27th, around 140 building decision-makers, building experts and people interested in building met online to find out about building with the renewable building material straw. On November 28th the participants could also join the online presentations at the annual meeting of the German Straw Bale Building Association for free.
Authorities from the church, the government and state administration were among the 40 guests who attended the topping-out ceremony of House St. Wunibald in Plankstetten. The Bavarian Minister of State for Finance and Home Affairs, Albert Füracker as well as all other speakers praised the wood-straw-building, its construction method and its sustainablity.
Minister of State Schreyer lays the foundation stone for the largest straw bale construction in southern Germany, Plankstetten, Bavaria, Germany
In the cornerstone ceremony the Bavarian Minister of State for Housing, Construction and Transport, Mrs. Kerstin Schreyer, praised the straw-insulated building as a trend-setting example of climate-friendly construction in Germany and Europe.
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.