Today, site notebook #3 Dismantling phase of the Feuillette shed In order to access to the building site of the training centre, the Feuillette shed (historical monument registered) has to be dismantled. It will be then restored and rebuild. 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 Klijnfirstname.lastname@example.org||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 Sutherlandemail@example.com||United Kingdom|
|Gemeente Tilburg||Ruud Oerlemansfirstname.lastname@example.org||Netherlands|
|Cluster Eco-construction||Hervé-Jacques Poskinemail@example.com||Belgium|
Action & Activity
Today, site notebook #2 Demolition with the teams of the Eccodec company at work for a period of about 5 weeks. Next episode: the deconstruction of the Feuillette hangar, listed as a historical monument... Read More
We open our construction site to the public with the first episode of the "construction site notebook" series! For each stage of the construction of the training centre, we make a short video (timelapse). Phase #1 Asbestos removal Discover in 2 minutes the 2 weeks of asbestos removal work carried out by the company ECCODEC. Next episode, coming soon! Read More
The construction of the future CNCP training centre is started! With the first batch of asbestos removal/demolition carried out by the company Eccodec during a week and a half of work. This future building will house the CNCP training centre with a theoretical training room and a practical training area, as well as reception areas for trainees. The project involves both rehabilitation and construction on a site that includes two buildings listed as historical monuments: the Feuillette house built in timber frame and straw insulation (1920) and its shed. After 4 versions of sketches, the project was validated and the building permit was submitted in June 2021. The rehabilitation part will be carried out with an ITE with wood wool. The new building will be built in wood with local essences, prefabricated walls and straw insulation. Read More
Since its official opening on 4 June, The Bale House Visitor Centre at Hastings Country Park has received many visitors. The Bale House organises community, family and heritage activities in the park and at the Bale House Visitor Centre in Firehills, and offers a wide range of volunteering experiences to local people. The building serves its purpose perfectly for volunteers and visitors alike! See the dedicated FB page : https://www.facebook.com/thebalehousenr/ Read More
The purpose of this EPD is to compile environmental data of materials and products used in the built environment. So that the environmental data can be used in calculations of buildings and / or civil works or an LCA of the final product. Find all the details of the report on the ESBA website: https://strawbuilding.eu/epd-environmental-product-declaration-for-straw-as-insulation-material-in-uk/ Read More
Barbara Jones and Eileen Sutherland from the School of Natural Building, have piloted this report with the participation of John Butler, sustainability consultant and Julia Bennett, architect, both of whom are well known in the UK for their work on green building development. This report presents a survey of public policies and regulations in the five project partner countries over the period 2018-2020. It identifies current barriers and aims to list specific actions to be implemented to foster the development of the straw building market, particularly for public buildings. Read More
The work on the future training centre is progressing. We have just obtained the building permit. We can launch the call for tenders for : - the construction of the training rooms - the rehabilitation of two wood and straw buildings. Read More
As the German UP STRAW team is finalizing their work Brother Andreas Schmidt OSB speaks about the benefit his Abbey gained from the partnership in UP STRAW, about the perspectives of straw bale building and about the role of lobbyism in that. Watch the video (3,5 min.)! Read More
Now you can see the first almost finished guest room made from wood, straw and clay in the Bavarian monastery of Plankstetten. Watch the video to catch a glimpse of what expects you in 2022! Read More
On November 27th, around 140 building decision-makers, building experts and people interested in building met online to find out about building with the renewable building material straw. On November 28th the participants could also join the online presentations at the annual meeting of the German Straw Bale Building Association for free.
Authorities from the church, the government and state administration were among the 40 guests who attended the topping-out ceremony of House St. Wunibald in Plankstetten. The Bavarian Minister of State for Finance and Home Affairs, Albert Füracker as well as all other speakers praised the wood-straw-building, its construction method and its sustainablity.
Minister of State Schreyer lays the foundation stone for the largest straw bale construction in southern Germany, Plankstetten, Bavaria, Germany
In the cornerstone ceremony the Bavarian Minister of State for Housing, Construction and Transport, Mrs. Kerstin Schreyer, praised the straw-insulated building as a trend-setting example of climate-friendly construction in Germany and Europe.
The info day "Experience straw bale building" including a live bale pressing action planned for Saturday, March 21st had to be canceled due to Corona. Nevertheless the pressing of more than 2000 straw bales took place successfully.
With the bales South Germany’s biggest straw insulated house will be built this summer in the Benedictine Abbey of Plankstetten (Bavaria). The monks are constructing a general purpose building with 30 guest rooms, a kinder garden and parish offices.
It took several days to transform about 400 m3 of ecological straw from the monastery fields from big bales into bales right sized for building. For this purpose the prototype of a mobile press machine was brought from Austria to the Abbey.
The company Sonnenklee had developed it over three years. The machine produces between 1,5 and three tons of straw bales per hour (10-25 m3 per hour depending on the bale size). With this press house builders can get straw bales from their regional farms and produce them at any time in the year customized to the format needs of the carpentry in charge.
The planned public event "Experience straw bale building" was of high interest for journalists, building professionals and lay builders who already had announced to come. Therefore the pressing action was filmed and a video podcast will be published shortly on the building project and the straw bale production.
The Clos Perrain, 1st chai in Gironde, in loadbearing straw, to use this technique. This is to meet the requirements of biodynamics: no emission of volatile substances likely to pollute wines, thanks to an optimum level of insulation.
> 172m² straw walls, 570 straw bales
Among the guests there were professionals in the wine sector but also contractors in the construction sector.
Beautiful visit that ended with a wine tasting offered by the winemaker!
This event was in collaboration with the world famous Glasgow School of Art. Barbara Jones talked about UP Straw, differing straw bale building techniques, using straw bales in load-bearing walls, and cement-free foundations. Q&A followed.
Free, but ticketed. Held in the Reid building lecture theatre.
Barbara Jones, FRSA, is well known internationally as a pioneer of straw bale building and designer of innovative foundations (including using car tyres). She has been designing and building with natural materials for 20 years; including forming part of the Straw bale tour of the USA in 1999, organised by Judy Knox and Matts Myrhman, that brought European straw bale pioneers to the US. Barbara has also developed a uniquely empowering method of practical training on building sites. She was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Women in Construction in 2011, and a Woman of Outstanding Achievement Award in 2009. Her practical skills include strawbale building, clay and lime plastering, carpentry and roofing.
The School of Natural Building and UP Straw were part of this major event. Over 3 days Futurebuild welcomed 27,000 industry influencers and shapers to drive real change. A world class knowledge programme, an exhibition of 450 innovative brands and a host of networking events came together to create an unmissable experience. .
Odéys had a booth at the Innovation Village, in the bio-based materials division.
Numerous exchanges and meetings between building professionals took place.
Also meeting with public buyers: Regional Council, Department, Bordeaux Métropole, etc. to introduce them to the network and encourage them to integrate straw material into their future projects.
UP Straw was represented at Build It Live North West, which took place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February 2020 at Manchester’s EventCity, providing a weekend of inspiration and expert guidance all under one roof.
The UP STRAW project was present on December 3, 2019 at the 2nd Norman Conference of the Circular Economy, alongside other Norman players in green building.
This presence was an opportunity to present the market development tools implemented in Normandy through ACCORT-Paille Normandie and to make new contacts with regional players, in particular the Rancoper network (Network of Norman Buyers for Orders Public Eco-Responsible).