Straw homes go on sale in UK

House hunters in Bristol were recently offered the chance to buy new dwellings made from straw.

The seven houses in Shirehampton, on the outskirts of the city, are certainly not the first to be built from this material. However, they are the first to be constructed by a developer and put up for general sale. Up until recently, building with straw bales has been restricted to environmentally conscious people who wanted to construct their own home.

From the outside, the houses appear to be normal. This was because to comply with planning regulations, they had to blend in with existing properties. The homes have tiled roofs and are clad in brick. Meanwhile, the walls are made of straw bales, which have been set into a standard timber frame. All of the finished properties comply with building regulations, with the usual construction certificates.

Building properties in this way is reportedly around 20% cheaper than using standard construction materials and methods. It is also said to be a lot faster to put up each dwelling.

The cost savings do not end there, as it is estimated that the seven homes will cost their owners 90% less to heat. Given the economics, it is likely that architects in North Wales and other parts of the UK may also soon be producing plans for other straw designs.

After adding in the fact that the building industry has to reduce its carbon footprint by 80% in the next 35 years, it is believed that far more of these homes will be built in the near future.

Posted by Mark
March 11, 2015
New Buildings

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