On July 7th - the Day of Saint Benedict, the patron saint of Europe - the Benedictine monks in Plankstetten (Germany) will celebrate the foundation stone ceremony for their straw bale building "Haus St. Wunibald". 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
|Plankstetten Benedictine Abbey
|Hastings Borough Council
|The School of Natural Building
Action & Activity
We installed a WEBCAM at the Plankstetten monastery so you can watch the daily progress of South Germanys largest straw bale construction: https://www.kloster-plankstetten.de/generalsanierung/ Read More
The partners of the UP STRAW project are working together on a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) on straw construction. The objective of this MOOC is: to allow people from the construction world to discover or deepen the techniques of straw construction and for the most initiated to know this type of construction. It is the development of the straw industry that is targeted here by the mass diffusion of this construction method. But, by the way, what is a MOOC? It is an online training (what is called e-learning training), totally free, short, which allows anyone who wants to learn, to discover different fields, by training at his own pace. MOOCs exist in many different sectors: linguistics (learning a language), food, IT, management, building... The learner registers on the platform of his choice: FUN (France Université Numérique), mymooc or as for our MOOC: MOOC Bâtiment Durable (MOOC sustainable building platform), supported by ADEME. The learner chooses the MOOC he is interested in and registers for it. A MOOC generally lasts between 3 to 7 weeks with 2 to 3 hours of learning per week. At the end of the MOOC, a general test is taken to validate the knowledge acquired by generating a certificate of achievement (70% correct answers for example). This is a professional asset because it shows the person's ability to learn throughout his or her life and in complete autonomy. Our MOOC, what will he be like? Its name : Building for change - Naturally Number of sequences: 6 composed of 3 to 4 modules each. Sequence 1: Inspirations and origins Sequence 2: Straw as a building material Sequence 3: Construction method Sequence 4: Building physics Sequence 5: Finishes Sequence 6: Project Management Languages: Bilingual English / French to allow all European partners to disseminate it according to the priority language used in their country. Partners involved in the project: England, the Netherlands, Belgium and France, through the ACCORT-Paille agency which is the lead partner of this project. Expected start date: October 2020. Read More
Fans of straw bale building can now follow UP STRAW in German on the new facebook page #Bau.mit.stroh! With several posts per week the German UP STRAW partner is informing about news in the project and the straw bale building market! Read More
In conjunction with the CERC (Cellule Economique Régionale de la Construction), a market study is underway on the data to be known to assess its development potential and to help the straw sector and its players as best as possible, on the scale of Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Three questionnaires will be sent to straw bale producers, architects, contractors and companies. These data will enable us to make an initial assessment after 2 years of structuring the sector Read More
A webinar on straw construction was held on April 23rd in partnership with the Odéys Cluster, Résonance Paille and Alter Amazones (French sub-partners). More than 100 people connected, a live chat, 1 hour of presentation and exchanges around straw construction. Read More
More than 20 straw building companies in Germany received a post mailing with sales supporting information materials such as the new FAQ-Flyer "Why building with straw? The five myths of straw bale building" Read More
The first episode of the German podcast series "Experience straw bale building" is now online with english subtitles. Read More
Builders in Germany and Austria can now find easily straw building professionals in their region by searching in the new online register. Read More
At the beginning of May, ECHOBAT launched a call to develop local solidarity-based eco-construction in territories for all the professional actors in charge of regional planning policies, economic development, housing and ecological transition. In a process of co-construction with the various stakeholders in the territories (inhabitants, craftsmen, associations, institutions, etc.), in support of local public policies, by working closely with elected officials and local government departments, ECHOBAT wishes to take action to implement concrete actions: - raising awareness and training in eco-construction and solidarity among the actors of a territory, - implement operational partnerships that meet the expectations of local policies on this theme, - Supporting territories in structuring or innovative planning and economic development projects through participative approaches, - getting involved in the construction of public or private facilities: programming, design, or new construction or renovation. Read More
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.
The Cluster Eco-construction, together with Ecobuild Brussels, held a stand at the biggest construction fair in Belgium : Batibouw. Our objective was to give information to the 285.000 visitors about Green Building Experts with a particular focus on straw construction this year.
The Cluster Eco-construction dedicated a stand to bio-sourced construction materials at the annual meeting of local authorities. This fair is a real opportunity for companies and associations to present their know-how to local authorities in order to develop a better management of municipalities.
The UP STRAW team was there to talk about the UP STRAW project and straw as a construction material.
The Cluster Eco-construction dedicated a stand to straw construction at a new construction fair : Bati-BW. We presented the UP STRAW project and explained to the visitors the advantages of straw together with Paille-Tech and Raymakers & Daniel (straw bale producer).
Conferences, round tables, visits and workshops.
Friday, June 30th, 2017: opening. Presentation of the program UP Straw Interreg NWE.