Interview with the Assistant Director of Notre-Dame de Bon Secours School 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
To promote Pro-Paille training, we have produced a presentation video for training organizations and the professional public. Read More
3 days of visits dedicated to Belgian public authorities were organised in April, May and June. Each visit was an opportunity to discover 5 bio-based buildings, public or tertiary buildings. Read More
Hugues Delcourt from the Cluster Eco-construction held a conference on straw construction during a fair dedicated to nomad housing in Mons (BE). Read More
Plankstetten Benedictine Abbey now has a flyer presenting its investment. Read More
Bois & Habitat is a unique fair in Belgium especially dedicated to wood construction. There are about 180 companies attending each year. As straw is usually used in combination with wood this is the perfect place to present this technique to visitors on the Cluster Eco-construction stand. Read More
The 2018 UP STRAW Yearbook can be seen here. Read More
Strobouw Nederland took part in the WoonIdeaal Beurs (LivingIdeal fair) 2019. Read More
Strobouw Nederland was featured at the Bouwbeurs 2019 with two stands. Read More
Straw bale building professionals from all over Germany will gather in a workshop in Berlin 15th of February 2019 in order to revise the German straw bale building guideline. It was established in 2014 and will be updated now. At the time, the draft was set up in workshops attended by benevolent members of the German straw bale building association (FASBA) and the finishing was done by project staff. The revision will be done quite that way, too. The outcome of the revised version is planned for summer 2019. Read More
Eileen Sutherland spoke at this event and described the work of UP Straw to an audience of more than 40 people, comprising architects, activists and others with an interest in natural building.
Barbara Jones made a presentation to the Natural Fibre Insulation Group.
This year's 2019 Agricultural Show was held from February 23rd to March 3rd, 2019. Official figures indicate that 633,213 visitors walked the show aisles in 2019, CNCP and its sub partners were able to present for 9 days the benefits of straw construction in Hall 3 which is the liveliest of all the living room.
Several presentations to the microphone a day, meeting with straw producers.
Detailed presentations of the straw construction and qualities of the material to the general public, to several groups of students, and some curious professional
Meeting with the institutions in this case the IDF region president who is already familiar with straw construction.
During the first stone event for the beginning of a new school building, was organize by the City council, the first bale ceremony to introduce this new technic to local actors.
We present straw bale building to children and local actors.
We had a dedicated space for Straw bale building in the Regional government Headquarter of New-Aquitaine while the big strategic meeting of building sector’s leader for setting up the new strategic plan for building sector in the Region.
For 5 days, 15 construction professionals learnt about straw construction with two French trainers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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