In concert with the "Natural Insulation" module of
the Certificate in Natural Building course that
ran in 2012, Strawbuild undertook an insulative straw bale wrap of
the north face of the pictured building.
As the north face was the most exposed to wind on the site it
required the most effective possible natural insulation, straw was
of course the chosen material!
The project ran smoothly and the results so far have been very
pleasing. The beautiful wooden cladding which now covers the straw
bales is hard-wearing larch. This should keep the building
protected and looking great for a long time to come.
To give students at the college a chance to experience a broad
range of materials, wood-fibre boards were used as external
insulation on the east face of the building and hemp and lime was
used on the south.