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


Construction fair

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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

Workshop: Revising the German straw bale building guideline (Strohbaurichtlinie)

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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

Belgian straw network first gathering

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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


Events


Big Strawbale Gathering UK 2018

, Wales UK

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.
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Construction fair Bois & Habitat / Belgium

, Namur Expo / Namur / BE

The Cluster Eco-construction dedicated a stand to straw construction at the construction fair Bois & Habitat. This construction fair is the only fair in Belgium dedicated to wood construction. During 4 days the UP STRAW Belgian team had the opportunity to talk about straw construction to profesionnals, students and visitors. They showed them projects and highlighted professionals from the straw sector.
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Green Architects Day

, University of Brighton / UK

Eileen Sutherland will be discussing the UP Straw project at this event, as part of the project's work on Training of Construction Sector Professionals and Undergraduates. Sustainability at Scale: Size Matters Size matters and so does what you do with it. "When you have more than you need build a bigger table not a higher fence" - Unknown The theme this year is Sustainability at Scale: Size Matters. We will be asking our leading experts if there is any use in our current climate of being a tiny beacon of sustainability or should we be focusing on larger developments. How this can be possible and where the architectural and design community is heading? How does this translate to a city like Brighton and Hove and what is being done here at home? This year's Green Architecture Day promises to be an inspiring day of talks, with stalls and stands, including Meet the Expert and a complimentary light lunch. There will also be a facilitated plenary panel at the end of the day where we explore participants' questions. If public speaking does not come naturally you can still ask questions by ballot.
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Fair Salon des Mandataires / Belgium

, WEX - Marche-en-Famenne / BE

The Cluster Eco-construction dedicated a stand to bio-sourced construction materials at the annual meeting of local authorities. This fair is a real opportunity for companies and associations to present their know-how to local authorities in order to develop a better management of municipalities. The UP STRAW team was there to talk about the UP STRAW project and straw as a construction material.
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