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

Work on the MOOC is progressing (FR)

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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 (FR)

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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

Submission of fire test reports Private establishment Emmanuel d'Alzon (FR)

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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