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
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 Klijnemail@example.com||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 Sutherlandfirstname.lastname@example.org||United Kingdom|
|Gemeente Tilburg||Ruud Oerlemansemail@example.com||Netherlands|
|Cluster Eco-construction||Hervé-Jacques Poskinfirstname.lastname@example.org||Belgium|
Action & Activity
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
The Walloon Minister of Housing, Valérie De Bue, visited EcoLodge a cooperative company member of the Cluster Eco-construction active in the straw construction sector. They had the opportunity to discover the WaldCube, a compact housing unit made of wood insulated with straw. A concept answering economic, social and environmental challenges. Read More
Creation of Roll-Up to introduce Straw Bale Building while in Fairs, meetings and events. Read More
Some of the public straw buildings across the UK. Read More
Context During the hot summer of 2018, the APPROCHE-Paille association launched an investigation with the aim of gaining an insight into summer comfort in isolated straw houses. In total, 30 buildings were studied. The survey included objective questions (temperature measurement) as well as more subjective ones (felt in the home) but just as important in the evaluation of summer comfort. Unless otherwise indicated, the values presented are averages for all 30 responses. Read More
Frequently asked questions (and answers) about strawbale building by Barbara Jones from the School of Natural Building. Read More
An extensive list of books, articles and websites recommended by Barbara Jones from the School of Natural Building. Read More
Research proves it: Straw bale social housing is energy-efficient Read More
Different ways in which the carbon footprint of public buildings can be reduced. Read More