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


CNCP - The building site starts (FR)

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The construction of the future CNCP training centre is started! With the first batch of asbestos removal/demolition carried out by the company Eccodec during a week and a half of work. This future building will house the CNCP training centre with a theoretical training room and a practical training area, as well as reception areas for trainees. The project involves both rehabilitation and construction on a site that includes two buildings listed as historical monuments: the Feuillette house built in timber frame and straw insulation (1920) and its shed. After 4 versions of sketches, the project was validated and the building permit was submitted in June 2021. The rehabilitation part will be carried out with an ITE with wood wool. The new building will be built in wood with local essences, prefabricated walls and straw insulation. Read More

News from The Bale House at Hastings Country Park (UK)

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Since its official opening on 4 June, The Bale House Visitor Centre at Hastings Country Park has received many visitors. The Bale House organises community, family and heritage activities in the park and at the Bale House Visitor Centre in Firehills, and offers a wide range of volunteering experiences to local people. The building serves its purpose perfectly for volunteers and visitors alike! See the dedicated FB page : https://www.facebook.com/thebalehousenr/ Read More

EPD – Environmental product declaration for Straw as insulation material (UK)

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The purpose of this EPD is to compile environmental data of materials and products used in the built environment. So that the environmental data can be used in calculations of buildings and / or civil works or an LCA of the final product. Find all the details of the report on the ESBA website: https://strawbuilding.eu/epd-environmental-product-declaration-for-straw-as-insulation-material-in-uk/ Read More

Straw building official context and Policy report (UK)

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Barbara Jones and Eileen Sutherland from the School of Natural Building, have piloted this report with the participation of John Butler, sustainability consultant and Julia Bennett, architect, both of whom are well known in the UK for their work on green building development. This report presents a survey of public policies and regulations in the five project partner countries over the period 2018-2020. It identifies current barriers and aims to list specific actions to be implemented to foster the development of the straw building market, particularly for public buildings. Read More


Events


The grand opening of the Bale House Visitor Center (UK)

, Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve (UK)

Save the date! The grand opening of the Bale House Visitor Center will take place on Saturday, June 4 A day of events is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the opening ceremony taking place at 12:30 p.m. The 'Bale House' is the new Visitor Centre in Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve. It is the first public straw bale building in Hastings and will act as a community facility and café with interpretation that showcases the management of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve. From the foundations to facade, it is constructed from natural and recycled materials which are healthy, fireproof, breathable, and they lock up carbon from the atmosphere, recycling agricultural by-products. It requires next to no energy to run and due to the level of insulation will require no additional heating to keep people comfortable. This sustainable and exemplary building was designed by Cave Cooperative architects and built by a consortium of straw building specialists led by Huff and Puff Construction and Green & Castle.
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International Wood Construction Forum (FR)

, Palais des Congrès Centre Prouvé in Nancy

We participated on Friday 8 April at 2pm Workshop C6 on the forum: conference dedicated to "Biosourced prefabrication" moderated by Olivier Gaujard for a presentation of "The extension of Plankstetten Abbey and the use of a mobile bundling machine" with Stéphanie Ventre from the Centre National de la Construction Paille and Benedikt Kaesberg for Plankstetten Abbey and Sonnenklee . An opportunity to meet one of the 5 exemplary buildings of the UP STRAW Interreg Europe project!
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Opening ceremony of the largest straw-insulated building (DE)

, Benedictine Abbey of Plankstetten (DE)

Opening ceremony of the largest straw-insulated building, "Haus St. Wunibald", in the Benedictine Abbey of Plankstetten, on 1 April 2022. This is the celebration of a milestone in ecological building in Germany. It was very festive and high representatives from church, politics and society were present for this event. Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder, praised straw building as a unique answer to the climate crisis! He listed the main advantages of straw construction and mentioned the fact that in Germany, more than 20% of straw remains unused in agriculture every year. This would be enough to insulate more than 350,000 family houses. The fact that a German Prime Minister is now talking about straw building is a milestone in the history of this ecologically remarkable and market-ready building method.
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The closing event of the UP STRAW Interreg ENO project (FR)

, Orléans - France

On 7 December, the most important results of the UP STRAW project were presented in the Centre-Val de Loire Region. We were very happy to celebrate four years of intense collaboration between Germany, England, Belgium, the Netherlands and France. About forty people were able to participate in this event. A morning animated by the actors and partners of this Interreg ENO project, as well as by our institutional supporters. Then visit of the straw/wood social housing site in St-Jean-de-la-Ruelle, near Orléans. UP STRAW is 4 years of collaboration, 5 countries and 14 partner structures. It is also an inspiring project!
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Agenda of the closing event of the UP STRAW project (FR)

, Orléans - France

The closing event of the UP STRAW Interreg ENO project will take place on 7 December at the Hôtel de Région 9, rue Saint-Pierre Lentin in Orléans All project partners will present the results of 4 years of remarkable transnational collaboration. // Program: 8h30 : welcome of participants 9h : Introduction by François Bonneau President of the Region Centre and Charles Fournier Vice-President of the Region Centre in charge of sustainable dev - Mickey Leclercq President of the CNCP 9h30 : UP STRAW / Project presentation + deliverables achievements by work package 10h35 : coffee break 11h : Overview of the 5 demonstration buildings 12h : Testimony of the partners 12h15 : European programmes in the Centre-Val de Loire Region The Interreg ENO programme 12h35 : Straw bale building market Regional Development 12h45 : Project for an Institute for Biobased Materials in France 13h00 : cocktail/refreshments 15h : site visit - social housing buildings in straw - Saint Jean de la Ruelle
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Inauguration of the new building of the Eco-construction Cluster (BE)

, Namur - BE

The CEC has inaugurated its new exemplary building realised in the project UP STRAW. This new building of 400 m2 is the demonstrator of innovative techniques: half logs and straw, 3D prefabrication and without foundations. The architectural firm Hélium 3 and the contractor Mobic offered us a guided tour of the site. The walls of the building are made of raw wood for its internal and external faces with the use of machined spruce half-logs, and compressed straw for the insulation (121 m3). This building is the first tertiary building of this size in Belgium to benefit from 3D prefabrication. Finally, the installation of the building on screwed steel piles allowed a construction without concrete, preserving the ground and its permeability, and the possibility of a deconstruction without impact on the grounds. An audience of around 200 professional and institutional guests attended the opening ceremony.
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