First homes made of straw go on sale

Grant Prior 3 years ago
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Homes made of straw bales are now up for sale on a street in Bristol.

The radical new homes are the result of a research project by the University of Bath in collaboration with manufacturer ModCell.

The row of seven homes have been built using prefabricated panels consisting of a wooden structural frame infilled with straw bales or hemp and rendered with either a breathable lime-based system or ventilated timber or brick cladding.

The straw walls provide the insulation required by current UK building regulations.

Professor Pete Walker said: “The construction sector must reduce its energy consumption by 50% and its carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, so radical changes are needed to the way we approach house building.

“As a construction material, straw is a low-cost and widely available food co-product that offers real potential for ultra-low carbon housing throughout the UK.

“Building with straw could be a critical point in our trajectory towards a low-carbon future.”

 

 

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