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
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

The second MOOC session - Building for change - Naturally

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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

New Thermal Bridge Catalogue certified for straw bale buildings

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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


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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5-day TRAINING | September 17-21 / Belgium

, Libramont - Belgium

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.
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Big Strawbale Gathering UK 2018

, Wales UK

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.
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