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
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 Klijnfirstname.lastname@example.org||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 Sutherlandemail@example.com||United Kingdom|
|Gemeente Tilburg||Ruud Oerlemansfirstname.lastname@example.org||Netherlands|
|Cluster Eco-construction||Hervé-Jacques Poskinemail@example.com||Belgium|
Action & Activity
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
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
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
The work on the future training centre is progressing. We have just obtained the building permit. We can launch the call for tenders for : - the construction of the training rooms - the rehabilitation of two wood and straw buildings. Read More
As the German UP STRAW team is finalizing their work Brother Andreas Schmidt OSB speaks about the benefit his Abbey gained from the partnership in UP STRAW, about the perspectives of straw bale building and about the role of lobbyism in that. Watch the video (3,5 min.)! Read More
Now you can see the first almost finished guest room made from wood, straw and clay in the Bavarian monastery of Plankstetten. Watch the video to catch a glimpse of what expects you in 2022! Read More
A video explaining and showing the building process of the Cluster Eco-construction office. Read More
Check out the final video of the Bale House construction in Hastings ! Read More
The Bale House is a 2022 Regional Finalist of the Civic Trust Award. Read More
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.
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!
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.
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!
📽 Video presentation of the 5 buildings.
UP STRAW is also 5 demonstration buildings in each partner country.
These buildings use straw materials as insulation for construction or renovation and promote new techniques of implementation.
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. //
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
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.
📽On friday 26th around 120 architects, builders, students, crafts people, journalists and people interested in green building watched 20 catchy and informative shortfilms about how to build with straw.
🏗 The event was organized by the German carpentry Grünspecht in Fribourg and promoted by UP STRAW.
At the symposium, building decision-makers and construction experts can inform themselves about the topic of building with straw, about current large-scale projects and the latest building techniques with straw.
On November 27th, around 140 building decision-makers, building experts and people interested in building met online to find out about building with the renewable building material straw. On November 28th the participants could also join the online presentations at the annual meeting of the German Straw Bale Building Association for free.