31 October 2011

Living In The Future #15: Rachel Shiamh's Strawbale House

Rachel Shiamh's two storey straw bale house in Pembrokeshire.
Straw-bale construction is a building method that uses straw bales as structural elements, insulation, or both. It is commonly used in natural building. It has advantages over some conventional building systems because of its cost, easy availability, and its high insulation value
This house was the first two-storey load-bearing strawbale structure to be built in the UK and only the second in Europe. The design brief, set by owner Rachel Shiamh, was to build a beautiful, low impact strawbale home which had to be sensitive to its natural environment, self-sustaining and made from natural and mainly local materials.

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