17 July 2011

The role of render as both an aesthetic waterproofing and a strength-giving material is discussed; including experimental evidence from the BRE.

As well as explaining other key considerations, the programme compares the cost of building a typical three-bedroom straw bale house, to that of building using traditional materials. Barbara explains why the two are currently level-pegging, and why cost isn't necessarily the driving factor when it comes to building with straw.

About the contributors

Barbara Jones is founder and director of straw bale design, construction and training company Amazonails. She was named Woman of Outstanding Achievement 2009 by the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (UKRC).

Paul Spittlehouse of Taylor Pearson Construction is the site manager of the Waddington scheme. Experienced in traditional building methods, it is the first time Paul has built with straw; an experience that he said he had thoroughly enjoyed.

Mick Gadd is North Kesteven District Council's property services manager. A qualified building surveyor, Mick is in charge of the maintenance of the Council's 3,800 strong housing stock, as well as new-build schemes including the Waddington development.

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Related reading

The NBS guide to straw bale construction