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

Training Experts in straw construction (FR)

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From October 16 to 18, the first co-training and selection of straw construction experts took place. After 3 days of work, a new selection process emerged for access to training, content for the training of the core curriculum and final validation. It is planned that this process will be tested and will succeed at the next national straw construction meetings, at the end of May 2020. Read More

Custom straw bales (FR)

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In Normandy, the UP STRAW project focuses on the development of a supply chain of bale of straw from the cereal plain of Caen. To implement this project, a new structure, the ACCORT-Paille Normandie agency, was created in August 2019 and creates additional momentum for the development of the straw construction market in Normandy. A meeting of the industry, last October 4, brought together building professionals and farmers around this structuring project. Read More

Hastings Investment

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Work is now underway to build a new Visitor Centre for Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve. The centre will be built in a sustainable way using straw bales. It will be home to information about the park, its geology, habitats, species and heritage together with a café for light refreshments and new WC facilities. Read More

Construction fair

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Bois & Habitat is a unique fair in Belgium especially dedicated to wood construction. There are about 180 companies attending each year. As straw is usually used in combination with wood this is the perfect place to present this technique to visitors on the Cluster Eco-construction stand. Read More


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