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 Address Email Website
Centre National de la Construction en Paille 69 bis rue des Déportés et des Internés
Montargis
45200
France
stephanie.ventre@cncp-feuillette.fr www.cncp-feuillette.fr
Name Contact Name Email Country
Strobouw Nederland Wouter Klijn wouter@strobouw.nl 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 Sutherland eileen@schoolofnaturalbuilding.co.uk United Kingdom
Gemeente Tilburg Ruud Oerlemans ruud.oerlemans@tilburg.nl Netherlands
Cluster Eco-construction Hervé-Jacques Poskin hj@ecoconstruction.be Belgium

Action & Activity


MOOC Building for change - Naturally (FR)

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The partners of the UP STRAW project are working together on a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) on straw construction. The objective of this MOOC is: to allow people from the construction world to discover or deepen the techniques of straw construction and for the most initiated to know this type of construction. It is the development of the straw industry that is targeted here by the mass diffusion of this construction method. But, by the way, what is a MOOC? It is an online training (what is called e-learning training), totally free, short, which allows anyone who wants to learn, to discover different fields, by training at his own pace. MOOCs exist in many different sectors: linguistics (learning a language), food, IT, management, building... The learner registers on the platform of his choice: FUN (France Université Numérique), mymooc or as for our MOOC: MOOC Bâtiment Durable (MOOC sustainable building platform), supported by ADEME. The learner chooses the MOOC he is interested in and registers for it. A MOOC generally lasts between 3 to 7 weeks with 2 to 3 hours of learning per week. At the end of the MOOC, a general test is taken to validate the knowledge acquired by generating a certificate of achievement (70% correct answers for example). This is a professional asset because it shows the person's ability to learn throughout his or her life and in complete autonomy. Our MOOC, what will he be like? Its name : Building for change - Naturally Number of sequences: 6 composed of 3 to 4 modules each. Sequence 1: Inspirations and origins Sequence 2: Straw as a building material Sequence 3: Construction method Sequence 4: Building physics Sequence 5: Finishes Sequence 6: Project Management Languages: Bilingual English / French to allow all European partners to disseminate it according to the priority language used in their country. Partners involved in the project: England, the Netherlands, Belgium and France, through the ACCORT-Paille agency which is the lead partner of this project. Expected start date: October 2020. Read More

Regional study on straw construction (FR)

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In conjunction with the CERC (Cellule Economique Régionale de la Construction), a market study is underway on the data to be known to assess its development potential and to help the straw sector and its players as best as possible, on the scale of Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Three questionnaires will be sent to straw bale producers, architects, contractors and companies. These data will enable us to make an initial assessment after 2 years of structuring the sector Read More


Events


Visit of construction site Emmanuel d'Alzon / France

, St Médard en Jalles

This new establishment offers its students an innovative project built on excellence and well-being, with 6100m² including 4600m2 built in wood and straw frame. The purpose of this visit was to network and facilitate business meetings for construction professionals and institutional investors. More than 70 people participated. As well architects, design offices and other building professionals.
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European Straw Bale Gathering 2019

, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, UK

ESBG 2019 is all about: - Exploring healthy public buildings made from straw - Raising awareness of the benefits of constructing public buildings from straw - Highlighting features & benefits of straw bale buildings - Understanding public procurement, building regulations, green mortgages and insurance - Inspirational case studies - Networking for professionals and students in the sector We hope to see you there.
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Visit of the construction site / Germany

, Salzkotten -

Salzkotten, July 15th 2019. One of the first straw insulated family homes in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia opened its construction site to the public on July 14th 2019. About 600 visitors participated in the presentations about straw bale building and showed high interest in the technique. “If I would build a home I would choose building with straw”, was a statement often heard by visitors when asked about their opinion. The mayor of the city of Salzkotten was very interested in the construction technique as well as other local authorities such as members of the County Council, the board of works and the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. Among the visitors were several crafts people, some of which asked about straw bale building courses. The event programme included practical demonstrations and a fair with stands of the Professional Association of Straw Bale Building (FASBA), the builders’ merchant Baustroh GmbH, the straw producing farmer and a local eco building supplies store. Children experimented with straw and clay, local musicians played and the guests could purchase eco-foods from regional produce. Several media paid attention to the open day at the construction site. Five local newspapers and the main local radio station reported about straw bale building covering about 185.000 people in the region.
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French Agricultural show | 23 February > 3 March / France

, Paris Porte de Versailles

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.
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