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
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
Training on the integration of biosourced materials into public renovation or new construction programs (FR)Posted on
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
It's official, the MOOC Bulding for change - Naturally has been accepted for deployment on the MOOC sustainable building platform of ADEME ( Environment and Energy Management Agency). ADEME thus provides free access to its platform and finances assistance to the contracting authority for the construction of the MOOC. The UP STRAW working group has put a lot of energy into this deliverable in recent months to arrive at a quality MOOC, on time. The creation must be spread out between now and June-July for a first session in October 2020. Read More
A directory of straw construction professionals in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region In order to stimulate local dynamics and facilitate the visibility of stakeholders, Résonance Paille and the ODEYS cluster have produced a directory of building professionals in New Aquitaine and members of the RFCP. This was organized according to the main categories: - Professionals (project managers, engineering, construction, others), - Training organizations providing “Pro-Paille” training, - Suppliers of straw bales, validated by Résonance Paille. Identified by the “Pro-Paille” logo, this accreditation, obtained on successful completion of the “Pro-Paille” training exam, certifies that the professional is authorized to design and / or make straw buildings. Read More
Following LEPIR II * and SBi ** fire tests on a wood, straw, plaster frame configuration, funded by SCI Sainte-Anne, contracting authority for the private establishment Emmanuel d'Alzon, Mrs. Nicole Lalanne, president of the SCI, officially donated to the RFCP two analysis reports and authorized: - The RFCP (French Straw Construction Network) to publish and disseminate to a large public the results and the Minutes of these reports. - Any project owner to use the test results for their own projects. And thus demonstrate that straw material has its place in construction! // * The LEPIR test consists of soliciting a facade mounted on a room with 2 levels. The fireplace, consisting of a pyre, is located in the room on the ground floor. / Source CSTB ** Single Burning Item: to subject a product to heat and study its behavior. / Source CSTB Read More
First public presentation of the Belgian investment Read More
Creation of a straw network in Belgium Read More
European Straw Bale Gathering 2019 took place in the UK in August. Here is a report on this successful event. Read More
An excellent article about ESBG 2019 by Sophie Paterson, who is a graduate of the School of Natural Building and Director at Lowimpact.org. The original can be found here: https://www.lowimpact.org/european-straw-bale-gathering-2019-reflections/ Read More
Conference on straw at a construction fair in Belgium Read More
Big popular fair that is reproduce all over Europe to highlight alternative lifestyle living that are more sustainable and healthy.
A wide space was organised for sustainable building and straw bale building was well represented.
Local Fairs of construction and retrofitting professional. We had a place to present straw bale building and respond public questions.
Small conferences where also organised.
For 5 days, 8 construction professionals learnt about straw construction with a French trainer.
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.
Meeting with the general public and local political authorithies.
Demonstration and awareness building straw. Benefits, techniques, producers.
Meeting with the general public for two days. Exchange of knowledge with the general public. What are the advantages of straw construction?
SBUK are proud to present the inaugural 'Big Straw Bale Gathering' - a gathering to discuss and learn straw bale construction and share the latest and best thinking within the industry.
Working with our sub partner Strawbale Building UK (SBUK) Barbara Jones will be delivering talks, workshops and hands-on experiences about UP Straw as part of the project's work on Training of Construction Sector Professionals and Undergraduates.
Held at Down To Earth's beautiful strawbale roundhouse in South Wales. The weekend will feature talks, discussions and hands-on workshops, for all levels, led by the UK's best natural builders and leading associated professionals. So come down and get excited about building with straw, learn some new techniques or get stuck into the geeky technical stuff.
The French Network for Straw Building (RFCP) is 12 years old. It has foundations, values, an history.
Three days of meetings and exchanges with professionals of the straw bale building.
Participation in the first edition of "The ChangeLab week" as part of the European Week of Sustainable Development.
The CNCP has dedicated a stand and a conference to the benefits of straw construction and the UP STRAW project.
We were able to interact with a non-professional audience.
The Cluster Eco-construction dedicated a stand to straw construction at the construction fair Bois & Habitat. This construction fair is the only fair in Belgium dedicated to wood construction.
During 4 days the UP STRAW Belgian team had the opportunity to talk about straw construction to profesionnals, students and visitors. They showed them projects and highlighted professionals from the straw sector.
Eileen Sutherland will be discussing the UP Straw project at this event, as part of the project's work on Training of Construction Sector Professionals and Undergraduates.
Sustainability at Scale: Size Matters
Size matters and so does what you do with it.
"When you have more than you need build a bigger table not a higher fence" - Unknown
The theme this year is Sustainability at Scale: Size Matters. We will be asking our leading experts if there is any use in our current climate of being a tiny beacon of sustainability or should we be focusing on larger developments.
How this can be possible and where the architectural and design community is heading? How does this translate to a city like Brighton and Hove and what is being done here at home?
This year's Green Architecture Day promises to be an inspiring day of talks, with stalls and stands, including Meet the Expert and a complimentary light lunch.
There will also be a facilitated plenary panel at the end of the day where we explore participants' questions. If public speaking does not come naturally you can still ask questions by ballot.