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

Call to the territories (FR)

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At the beginning of May, ECHOBAT launched a call to develop local solidarity-based eco-construction in territories for all the professional actors in charge of regional planning policies, economic development, housing and ecological transition. In a process of co-construction with the various stakeholders in the territories (inhabitants, craftsmen, associations, institutions, etc.), in support of local public policies, by working closely with elected officials and local government departments, ECHOBAT wishes to take action to implement concrete actions: - raising awareness and training in eco-construction and solidarity among the actors of a territory, - implement operational partnerships that meet the expectations of local policies on this theme, - Supporting territories in structuring or innovative planning and economic development projects through participative approaches, - getting involved in the construction of public or private facilities: programming, design, or new construction or renovation. Read More


Events


5-day TRAINING | December 10-11-12-17-18 / Belgium

, Mons - Belgium

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.
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1-day VISITS | December 5 / Belgium

, Liège - Belgium

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.
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1-hour CONFERENCE | November 18 / Belgium

, Namur - Belgium

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.
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3-hours INTRODUCTION TRAINING | November 15 / Belgium

, Namur - Belgium

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
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1-hour CONFERENCE | October 20 / Belgium

, Namur - Belgium

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.
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