Haus St. Wunibald - the largest straw building in southern Germany - is now under roof 😀. The responsible architect Elke Kirst compiled facts and figures about this construction phase for you and explains them in the interview below. 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
12 walls representative of the main current practices in straw construction were modelled in BIM. Read More
It is the first public straw building in Hastings and will act as a community facility and cafe with interpretation that showcases Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve. Read More
The partners of the UP STRAW project have created a library of more than 400 publications dedicated to building with straw. Read More
The first session of this bilingual French/English MOOC held last October recorded nearly 4000 registrations, with an overall satisfaction rate of 89%. Design professionals (architects, engineers, etc.) were the most represented professional category (49%), followed by students (15%). This second session, for which registrations start on 4 January, is enriched by the remarks and suggestions of the users. The realisation of this MOOC was entrusted to ACCORT-Paille, the French partner of the UP STRAW project, which is the result of a work collaborative work of the European partners of the project. Register for the MOOC Building for change - Naturally: > Registration period: from 4 January to 19 February 2021 > Training period: from 26 January to 23 March 2021 Read More
𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙏𝙃𝙀𝙍𝙈𝘼𝙇 𝘽𝙍𝙄𝘿𝙂𝙀 𝘾𝘼𝙏𝘼𝙇𝙊𝙂𝙐𝙀 𝙁𝙊𝙍 𝙎𝙏𝙍𝘼𝙒 𝘽𝘼𝙇𝙀 𝙃𝙊𝙐𝙎𝙀𝙎 𝙃𝘼𝙎 𝘼𝙍𝙍𝙄𝙑𝙀𝘿! Here comes a “special treat“ for all planners and architects: You want to build straw-bale houses in passive-house standard? This is now made easy with the new thermal bridge catalogue! The catalogue is one of the results of UP STRAW. Read More
In 32 minutes the documentary presents the straw-insultated building project in the Benedictine Abbey in Plankstetten as well as straw bale building in Germany and Europe in general. Read More
Architectural and technical diagnosis stage. Measurements and plans of the site. Read More
The project is progressing towards concrete phases with a first meeting to establish the planning of the realisations. It is the Vivarchi architectural firm and the Treenergy thermal and fluid design office that will be working with us to restore the CNCP shed and build a new building to house training courses. Read More
From now on, building decision-makers and building experts can get an overview of existing straw-insulated houses in Europe with a simple mouse click. The new register of houses contains about 1300 entries and can be found online at http://www.strawbuilding.eu/strawbale-houses-europe Read More
Salzkotten, July 15th 2019. One of the first straw insulated family homes in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia opened its construction site to the public on July 14th 2019. About 600 visitors participated in the presentations about straw bale building and showed high interest in the technique.
“If I would build a home I would choose building with straw”, was a statement often heard by visitors when asked about their opinion. The mayor of the city of Salzkotten was very interested in the construction technique as well as other local authorities such as members of the County Council, the board of works and the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. Among the visitors were several crafts people, some of which asked about straw bale building courses.
The event programme included practical demonstrations and a fair with stands of the Professional Association of Straw Bale Building (FASBA), the builders’ merchant Baustroh GmbH, the straw producing farmer and a local eco building supplies store. Children experimented with straw and clay, local musicians played and the guests could purchase eco-foods from regional produce.
Several media paid attention to the open day at the construction site. Five local newspapers and the main local radio station reported about straw bale building covering about 185.000 people in the region.
For 10 days, many events are organized in the Centre-Val de Loire region to discover straw construction!
Construction sites, conferences, visits to buildings, activities are on the program...
We presented the straw bale construction at a festival dedicated to the preservation of the environment.
We had an information and awareness stand for the general public.
Barbara gave a talk about UP Straw and natural building at the sustainability group meeting.
Eileen Sutherland spoke at this event and described the work of UP Straw to an audience of more than 40 people, comprising architects, activists and others with an interest in natural building.
Barbara Jones made a presentation to the Natural Fibre Insulation Group.
This year's 2019 Agricultural Show was held from February 23rd to March 3rd, 2019. Official figures indicate that 633,213 visitors walked the show aisles in 2019, CNCP and its sub partners were able to present for 9 days the benefits of straw construction in Hall 3 which is the liveliest of all the living room.
Several presentations to the microphone a day, meeting with straw producers.
Detailed presentations of the straw construction and qualities of the material to the general public, to several groups of students, and some curious professional
Meeting with the institutions in this case the IDF region president who is already familiar with straw construction.
During the first stone event for the beginning of a new school building, was organize by the City council, the first bale ceremony to introduce this new technic to local actors.
We present straw bale building to children and local actors.
We had a dedicated space for Straw bale building in the Regional government Headquarter of New-Aquitaine while the big strategic meeting of building sector’s leader for setting up the new strategic plan for building sector in the Region.
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.