Professor Pete Walker and Dr Katharine Beadle are leading the research in Bath. Photo: Bath University News.

Are you stocking straw?

Published:  01 December, 2009

BATH: The market for low carbon building materials was boosted with fire-rating approval for straw bales and hemp panels used as renewable building materials.

The ModCell BaleHaus system created by White Design in Bristol, and Integral Structural Design in Bath, uses prefabricated cells of timber filled with straw or hemp, rendered with a lime-based coat.

The hemp panels met the 30-minute fire resistance test for non-loadbearing elements.

BaleHaus@Bath is part of a research project at the University of Bath into renewable building materials.

Researchers are monitoring the new materials to assess the performance of straw and hemp as building materials.

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