Together we have decades of straw bale building experience ...

Strawbuild is a not for profit organisation that provides natural building and training services throughout Europe, our aim is to create quality spaces that won’t cost the earth. We enjoy designing, teaching and building quality, environmentally sensitive spaces of all kinds and sizes and love helping you realise your vision. Committed to collaborative working, we can support you all the way through from initial concept to your finished build. We offer a wide range of services and assistance, ranging from design work and obtaining the necessary Planning Permissions and Building Regulations approvals through to on-site training or contract build.


Bee Rowan, Director and Head Trainer

Bee Rowan has become a name synonymous with straw bale building here in the UK and throughout many parts of Europe. After discovering the manifold benefits & joys of straw bale building for the first time in 1994, Bee has subsequently dedicated her life to the promotion of this wonderful material for sustainable and affordable construction.

Now, with over 18 years experience working with straw, both in her role as head trainer of the internationally recognised straw bale building enterprise Amazonails and as part of her own social enterprise, Strawbuild, Bee is still working enthusiastically and tirelessly to spread knowledge of straw bale construction methods as far as possible.

Passionately committed to the use of sustainable and natural materials in construction, as well as to making the entire build process as accessible as possible, Bee is always looking for ways to streamline the building process and minimise the "faff" involved, to save time, money and valuable ecological resources for every project.


+44 (0)7736 904186



Michael Howlett, Director and Architectural Technician

Michael trained as an interior architect (converting existing buildings for new use) but learned his craft working as a planning consultant and architectural technician; designing new houses, site layouts and infrastructure and obtaining well over a hundred Planning Permissions and Building Regulations approvals whilst also working as a Licensed Code for Sustainable Homes and SAP (domestic energy use) assessor.

With a keen interest in low-impact design and sustainable building since the early 1990’s, Michael was involved in the book “Eco-House: A Design Guide” (Roaf/Fuentes/Thomas), contributing illustrations for the 1st edition in 2001. Since 2010 he has been building a pair of 2.5-storey, load-bearing straw bale houses on car tyre foundations in West Wales (the houses are now featured as a case study in the 4th edition of “Eco-House”). Being client, designer, builder and occupant has been a fascinating educational experience, allowing freedom to experiment and providing 1st-hand knowledge of building and living in a straw bale house.


+44 (0)7826 705493



Chris Hawker, Assistant Trainer

Chris got to try out his straw bale building for the first time on his MSc course at The Centre for Alternative Technology back in 2010 and from that first moment onwards he was hooked! After spending some time volunteering with Bee and Michael on various builds and taking straw and clay courses throughout the UK, Germany, Spain and Ireland over the last few years, he is now Strawbuild's assistant trainer.

He really enjoys the unique challenges and learning opportunities that each build can provide and very much enjoys expanding his knowledge of straw bale construction techniques. He also loves introducing new-comers to the world of straw and tries hard to help "spread the straw bale joy!" on courses and builds as far as he can.


+44 (0)7922 485143