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


Building Database / Long Term Effects (FR)

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In order to find out the state of the market, the RFCP has launched a regional-scale tool that can be used by multiple investigators. In addition to benefiting from precise quantitative and qualitative data on the sector, these data are an encouraging signal for future developers. They will be reassured by the number of achievements and the extent of the possibilities of straw construction. Read More

Dissemination of Public Procurement (FR)

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The RFCP (French Straw Construction Network) regularly sends selected public tenders, according to the qualitative criteria they require (labels, bio-based materials, local materials...). At 31/12/2019, more than 300 calls for tenders were relayed, 20% of which expressly required the use of straw. It should be noted that the qualitative requirement of the project owners results mainly in the search for BEPOS and PASSIVE performance. The most dynamic regions are Centre-Val de Loire and Pays-de-la-Loire, where half of the qualitative tenders require straw. Read More

Digital models of straw walls in BIM (FR)

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The work on the production of BIM objects will describe a dozen walls representative of the main current practices of straw construction. We will therefore find all of the construction systems described in the professional rules of straw construction (filling of frames, caissons) but also, for example, carrying straw. The objective is very simple: - enhance the advantages of straw construction which combines exceptional thermal performance, remarkable comfort, carbon storage, proximity, the pleasure of building and living ... - allow players in straw construction to benefit from the same tools as their competitors - encourage the adoption of straw by those who do not yet know this approach. Concretely, this will result (mid 2020) in the free availability of computer files which will be composed of: - plan and section views of typical walls - lists and quantities of materials used - various illustrations - main technical and environmental characteristics. These files can be imported into CAD (Computer Aided Drawing) software to enrich the wall libraries. The designers will then be able by a simple “drag and drop” to assess the interest of a wall made of straw, calculate an approximate quantity, etc. Read More

Training on the integration of biosourced materials into public renovation or new construction programs (FR)

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ÉCHOBAT, through its training organization, brought together 3 member companies of its network to design a training program for the teams of the real estate management of the Region of the Pays de la Loire. The objective: to strengthen the skills and approach of its operators to integrate ecomaterials in public building projects, particularly in the context of the heritage management of high schools (construction, renovation, maintenance, specific operations to improve energy performance, etc.). Two 2-day training sessions were conducted at the end of 2019-early 2020. Among the projects studied, is the straw wood boarding school of the agricultural lycée Xavier Bernard in Rouillé (86), one of the best ranked projects of the experimentation of the label E+/C- (E4C2). A return of current experience for the community and its project of construction of the high school of Aizenay (85) in frame wood and insulation in boots of straw. Other public and private authorities have already expressed their interest in this training! Read More


Events


5-day TRAINING | December 10-11-12-17-18 / Belgium

, Mons - Belgium

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.
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1-day VISITS | December 5 / Belgium

, Liège - Belgium

On December 5 we organized a hole day dedicated to straw construction for students from Helmo school in Liège from technical sales representative section. In the morning, Hugues Delcourt from the Cluster Eco-construction, introduced the students to straw construction. He explained the characteristics of straw: thermal performances, fire resistance, air quality, humidity transfers and life cycle analysis. Then he talked about straw construction: construction techniques, advantages and disadvantages and the legal context. To conclude, he showed examples of straw construction and the costs related. In the afternoon, the students visited first the Waldcube. It is a small pre-fab housing unit designed to be moved and self-sufficient. The structure is made of wood and is insulated with straw. Then the ecocenter in Liège. They built a shelter with the load-bearing technique and renovated their roof with pre-fab straw structures from Paille-Tech company.
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1-hour CONFERENCE | November 18 / Belgium

, Namur - Belgium

Hugues Delcourt from the Cluster Eco-construction held a conference during the fair dedicated to alternative and innovative housing. 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.
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3-hours INTRODUCTION TRAINING | November 15 / Belgium

, Namur - Belgium

Hugues Delcourt from the Cluster Eco-construction talked to construction professionals about straw construction for 3 hours. After a short introduction he explained more in detail straw material: its characteristics, thermal performances, fire resistance, air quality, humidity transfers and life cycle analysis. The second part of the evening was dedicated to straw construction: construction techniques, advantages and disadvantages and legal context. To conclude, he showed examples of straw construction and the costs related
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1-hour CONFERENCE | October 20 / Belgium

, Namur - Belgium

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.
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