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

Construction of the CNCP's sustainable building training centre (FR) #9

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Here is the latest site notebook, the culmination of many months of work, coordination and unexpected events: #9 The official inauguration of the new Training Centre A successful evening: nearly 80 people joined us to celebrate these training spaces, which represent a development tool for the Centre-Val de Loire region. Our partners and supporters were there to demonstrate their continuing commitment. Many thanks again! Read More

Evaluation of sports hall the Roomley – Tilburg investment (NL)

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As part of the project to renovate the Roomley sports hall, a report was drawn up to present the results of the building's energy performance. Result energy performance By using circular materials and improved integrated energy concepts, the building could be disconnected from the gas distribution network. The building largely generates its own energy through PV panels and is heated and cooled by means of a so-called heat pump installation. This more sustainable generation is possible because the use of straw as an insulation material has made an essential contribution to improving the complete insulation value of the building. This can be explained by the use of PV panels, the reuse of materials and the application of biobased materials. It also concerns renovation, which means that the profit on the first strategy is much greater than with new construction. The use of biobased building materials results in a much better score on the themes of environment, energy and especially health. By consciously choosing bio-based applications, we get healthier buildings and healthier products. Read More

ESBG 2023 Denmark

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As part of ESBG 2023, European straw construction meetings, a number of results from the UP STRAW project will be presented, including : Straw Bale House Database European cooperation is continuing, strengthened by projects in various countries, discussions on the reconstruction of Ukraine and enriching exchanges... https://strawbuilding.eu/esbg/ Read More


Inauguration of the CNCP's sustainable building training centre (FR)/ 2

, CNCP - Montargis - France

A successful opening! On 13 November we officially inaugurated the CNCP's new training centre in the presence of our European partners and financial backers Interreg NWE and the Centre-Val de Loire Region. Nearly 80 people joined us to celebrate this new facility, which has a bright future ahead of it: a tool for delivering professional training, awareness-raising and educational engineering strategies for the entire region.
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Rencontres Régionales Bois et Paille (FR)

, Lille

The CD2E and FIBOIS Hauts-de-France organised the eighth edition of the Regional Meetings dedicated to wood and straw construction. Presentation of the CNCP eco-construction training centre building. The realization of the new CNCP eco-construction training centre was in the spotlight with the presentation of the project by Patrick Thomas, associate architect at VIVARCHI (project manager). How does the training centre construction project enhance the existing heritage (4 buildings are listed as historical monuments) by constructing a new building and also rehabilitating existing buildings? In accordance with the UP STRAW project, Interreg ENO programme, the CNCP has favoured bio-sourced materials: wood prefabrication and straw insulation (80 m3 of straw) as well as local companies. More than 200 people attended this event with many sectors of activity represented: companies, local authorities, architects and farmers.
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The grand opening of the Bale House Visitor Center (UK)

, Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve (UK)

Save the date! The grand opening of the Bale House Visitor Center will take place on Saturday, June 4 A day of events is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the opening ceremony taking place at 12:30 p.m. The 'Bale House' is the new Visitor Centre in Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve. It is the first public straw bale building in Hastings and will act as a community facility and café with interpretation that showcases the management of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve. From the foundations to facade, it is constructed from natural and recycled materials which are healthy, fireproof, breathable, and they lock up carbon from the atmosphere, recycling agricultural by-products. It requires next to no energy to run and due to the level of insulation will require no additional heating to keep people comfortable. This sustainable and exemplary building was designed by Cave Cooperative architects and built by a consortium of straw building specialists led by Huff and Puff Construction and Green & Castle.
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International Wood Construction Forum (FR)

, Palais des Congrès Centre Prouvé in Nancy

We participated on Friday 8 April at 2pm Workshop C6 on the forum: conference dedicated to "Biosourced prefabrication" moderated by Olivier Gaujard for a presentation of "The extension of Plankstetten Abbey and the use of a mobile bundling machine" with Stéphanie Ventre from the Centre National de la Construction Paille and Benedikt Kaesberg for Plankstetten Abbey and Sonnenklee . An opportunity to meet one of the 5 exemplary buildings of the UP STRAW Interreg Europe project!
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Opening ceremony of the largest straw-insulated building (DE)

, Benedictine Abbey of Plankstetten (DE)

Opening ceremony of the largest straw-insulated building, "Haus St. Wunibald", in the Benedictine Abbey of Plankstetten, on 1 April 2022. This is the celebration of a milestone in ecological building in Germany. It was very festive and high representatives from church, politics and society were present for this event. Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder, praised straw building as a unique answer to the climate crisis! He listed the main advantages of straw construction and mentioned the fact that in Germany, more than 20% of straw remains unused in agriculture every year. This would be enough to insulate more than 350,000 family houses. The fact that a German Prime Minister is now talking about straw building is a milestone in the history of this ecologically remarkable and market-ready building method.
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The closing event of the UP STRAW Interreg ENO project (FR)

, Orléans - France

On 7 December, the most important results of the UP STRAW project were presented in the Centre-Val de Loire Region. We were very happy to celebrate four years of intense collaboration between Germany, England, Belgium, the Netherlands and France. About forty people were able to participate in this event. A morning animated by the actors and partners of this Interreg ENO project, as well as by our institutional supporters. Then visit of the straw/wood social housing site in St-Jean-de-la-Ruelle, near Orléans. UP STRAW is 4 years of collaboration, 5 countries and 14 partner structures. It is also an inspiring project!
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Agenda of the closing event of the UP STRAW project (FR)

, Orléans - France

The closing event of the UP STRAW Interreg ENO project will take place on 7 December at the Hôtel de Région 9, rue Saint-Pierre Lentin in Orléans All project partners will present the results of 4 years of remarkable transnational collaboration. // Program: 8h30 : welcome of participants 9h : Introduction by François Bonneau President of the Region Centre and Charles Fournier Vice-President of the Region Centre in charge of sustainable dev - Mickey Leclercq President of the CNCP 9h30 : UP STRAW / Project presentation + deliverables achievements by work package 10h35 : coffee break 11h : Overview of the 5 demonstration buildings 12h : Testimony of the partners 12h15 : European programmes in the Centre-Val de Loire Region The Interreg ENO programme 12h35 : Straw bale building market Regional Development 12h45 : Project for an Institute for Biobased Materials in France 13h00 : cocktail/refreshments 15h : site visit - social housing buildings in straw - Saint Jean de la Ruelle
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