In this interview the Managing Director of Berschneider GmbH - responsible for plastering the largest wood-straw building in southern Germany - talks about this construction phase and the experiences of his team plastering the straw-insulated house 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
|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
The Benedictine Abbey of Plankstetten also pays attention to ecologically sustainable building materials when it comes to interior finishing of their wood-straw-house. With Thermo Hemp Premium the monks provide thermal insulation and soundproofing in the new rooms of Haus St. Wunibald. Read More
About 900 m2 of wooden boarding is being installed on the straw-insulated new building. Architect Elke Kirst-Haas from the office hirner & riehl Architekten gives insights into this construction phase. The Munich office is responsible for the planning and design of the new building. Read More
The Eco-construction Cluster will have a new straw-built, office building in 2021. What was the technical and legal process for this project? What conclusions should be drawn? Read More
As part of the Interreg project UP STRAW, building acoustics measurements could be carried out in a straw-insulated building for the first time. 👍The sound test shows that professional straw construction can keep up with other construction methods also in the area of sound insulation. Read More
Training is crucial to developing straw building. The UP STRAW partners have introduced a distance learning course in both French and English : "Building for Change - Naturally". Read More
Interview with Brother Andreas Schmidt, OSB, project manager and representative of the builder. Read More
There is a strong network of straw bale construction, nationally and internationally. Read More
Hastings Bourough Council and Cluster Eco-construction Office are candidates at the Green Solutions Awards. Read More
The film explains why and how the benedictine monks in the Bavarian monastery of Plankstetten built a three storey multipurpose building with their own wood and straw. Strong pictures and clear messages also bring across the advantages of straw bale building in general. Enjoy the movie! Read More
ESBG 2019 is all about:
- Exploring healthy public buildings made from straw
- Raising awareness of the benefits of constructing public buildings from straw
- Highlighting features & benefits of straw bale buildings
- Understanding public procurement, building regulations, green mortgages and insurance
- Inspirational case studies
- Networking for professionals and students in the sector
We hope to see you there.
Salzkotten, July 15th 2019. One of the first straw insulated family homes in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia opened its construction site to the public on July 14th 2019. About 600 visitors participated in the presentations about straw bale building and showed high interest in the technique.
“If I would build a home I would choose building with straw”, was a statement often heard by visitors when asked about their opinion. The mayor of the city of Salzkotten was very interested in the construction technique as well as other local authorities such as members of the County Council, the board of works and the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. Among the visitors were several crafts people, some of which asked about straw bale building courses.
The event programme included practical demonstrations and a fair with stands of the Professional Association of Straw Bale Building (FASBA), the builders’ merchant Baustroh GmbH, the straw producing farmer and a local eco building supplies store. Children experimented with straw and clay, local musicians played and the guests could purchase eco-foods from regional produce.
Several media paid attention to the open day at the construction site. Five local newspapers and the main local radio station reported about straw bale building covering about 185.000 people in the region.
For 10 days, many events are organized in the Centre-Val de Loire region to discover straw construction!
Construction sites, conferences, visits to buildings, activities are on the program...
We presented the straw bale construction at a festival dedicated to the preservation of the environment.
We had an information and awareness stand for the general public.
Barbara gave a talk about UP Straw and natural building at the sustainability group meeting.
Eileen Sutherland spoke at this event and described the work of UP Straw to an audience of more than 40 people, comprising architects, activists and others with an interest in natural building.
Barbara Jones made a presentation to the Natural Fibre Insulation Group.
This year's 2019 Agricultural Show was held from February 23rd to March 3rd, 2019. Official figures indicate that 633,213 visitors walked the show aisles in 2019, CNCP and its sub partners were able to present for 9 days the benefits of straw construction in Hall 3 which is the liveliest of all the living room.
Several presentations to the microphone a day, meeting with straw producers.
Detailed presentations of the straw construction and qualities of the material to the general public, to several groups of students, and some curious professional
Meeting with the institutions in this case the IDF region president who is already familiar with straw construction.
During the first stone event for the beginning of a new school building, was organize by the City council, the first bale ceremony to introduce this new technic to local actors.
We present straw bale building to children and local actors.
We had a dedicated space for Straw bale building in the Regional government Headquarter of New-Aquitaine while the big strategic meeting of building sector’s leader for setting up the new strategic plan for building sector in the Region.