Wednesday, February 8, 2012

STRAW BALE CONSTRUCTION LOOKS TOWARD BIG FUTURE

One of the largest prefabricated straw bale buildings in Europe will be officially opened at The University of Nottingham today in the United Kingdom.

Designed by Make Architects the new Gateway Building has been constructed with 1,954 straw-bale panels from straw harvested on the University’s very own farmland – just 200 yards from the site.

Straw Bale building

Housing laboratories for the School of Biosciences and the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science this landmark building signals the start of a 20 year visionary master-plan to expand the University’s Sutton Bonington Campus and enhance its destination as a leading centre for the study of plant and animal sciences.

I included this building because of the way they prefabricated the walls.  Watch the video and learn why there just might be a straw bale factory in the US some day.



The straw panel cladding is low-carbon and provides a high level of insulation for a suite of offices, laboratories, seminar and computer rooms for researchers, students, teachers and administration staff.

1 comment:

William said...

Coach, there have been many instances of straw bale construction in the US. However, the use of this construction method is so small annual use would not make a blip on the radar.