The Cluster Eco-construction initiated a gathering of professionals from the straw construction sector. The objective is to build a professional network in order to develop and promote straw construction in Belgium. The network aims to professionalise the sector. In the next months the network is going to get structured, define objectives, actions as well as a membership charter. 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
The Walloon Minister of Housing, Valérie De Bue, visited EcoLodge a cooperative company member of the Cluster Eco-construction active in the straw construction sector. They had the opportunity to discover the WaldCube, a compact housing unit made of wood insulated with straw. A concept answering economic, social and environmental challenges. Read More
Creation of Roll-Up to introduce Straw Bale Building while in Fairs, meetings and events. Read More
Some of the public straw buildings across the UK. Read More
Context During the hot summer of 2018, the APPROCHE-Paille association launched an investigation with the aim of gaining an insight into summer comfort in isolated straw houses. In total, 30 buildings were studied. The survey included objective questions (temperature measurement) as well as more subjective ones (felt in the home) but just as important in the evaluation of summer comfort. Unless otherwise indicated, the values presented are averages for all 30 responses. Read More
Frequently asked questions (and answers) about strawbale building by Barbara Jones from the School of Natural Building. Read More
An extensive list of books, articles and websites recommended by Barbara Jones from the School of Natural Building. Read More
Research proves it: Straw bale social housing is energy-efficient Read More
Different ways in which the carbon footprint of public buildings can be reduced. Read More
Research is increasingly highlighting the adverse effects of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) on health and well being. Read More
Program: technical visit of the boarding school of agricultural college of Venours built in wood, straw and earth plasters. demonstration straw insulation and earth plasters, fire test. Conferences: straw building in the region, the straw building an efficient solution and exchanges with the public.
Open air fair to introduce sustainable building practices to the public and local government.
Workshop, talks and practices were organized to stimulate people to adopt these new practices. Lots of these activities were happening around straw bale building.
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.
Introduction of the UP STRAW Project while the national seminar of Spanish straw bale building network.
Meeting with european actors, advantage of the UP STRAW project, interreg opportunities, network structuration.
Big popular fair that is reproduce all over Europe to highlight alternative lifestyle living that are more sustainable and healthy.
A wide space was organised for sustainable building and straw bale building was well represented.
Local Fairs of construction and retrofitting professional. We had a place to present straw bale building and respond public questions.
Small conferences where also organised.
For 5 days, 8 construction professionals learnt about straw construction with a French trainer.
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.
Meeting with the general public and local political authorithies.
Demonstration and awareness building straw. Benefits, techniques, producers.
Meeting with the general public for two days. Exchange of knowledge with the general public. What are the advantages of straw construction?
SBUK are proud to present the inaugural 'Big Straw Bale Gathering' - a gathering to discuss and learn straw bale construction and share the latest and best thinking within the industry.
Working with our sub partner Strawbale Building UK (SBUK) Barbara Jones will be delivering talks, workshops and hands-on experiences about UP Straw as part of the project's work on Training of Construction Sector Professionals and Undergraduates.
Held at Down To Earth's beautiful strawbale roundhouse in South Wales. The weekend will feature talks, discussions and hands-on workshops, for all levels, led by the UK's best natural builders and leading associated professionals. So come down and get excited about building with straw, learn some new techniques or get stuck into the geeky technical stuff.