- Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -

Work Begins on the UK’s Largest Prefabricated Strawbale Building

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On June 8, 2010 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Prefab Housing,Sustainable Building | 2 Comments

straw bale, strawbale, strawbale construction, prefabricated construction, prefabricated strawbale construction, prefab, make architecture, university of nottingham, sutton bonington biosciences, breeam excellent rating, solar passive design, green building, green design, eco design, sustainable building [1]

Exciting news! Construction began this month on what will be the UK’s largest straw bale [2] building, which will utilize prefabricated construction [3] and local straw from nearby farmland. The Sutton Bonington Biosciences Building at the University of Nottingham’s agriculture campus will bring a high-tech facility to the rural setting, combining the School of Biosciences and the School of Veterinary and Medical Sciences into one building. London-based Make Architects [4] are responsible for the design of the new facility, which is slated to achieve a BREEAM [5] Excellent Rating.

straw bale, strawbale, strawbale construction, prefabricated construction, prefabricated strawbale construction, prefab, make architecture, university of nottingham, sutton bonington biosciences, breeam excellent rating, solar passive design, green building, green design, eco design, sustainable building [6]

The new Biosciences building will be constructed from prefabricated panels filled with straw bale [7], and the timber and straw will be locally-sourced directly from the University’s farmland. Solar passive design [8] and careful site location were employed to minimize solar gain and allow the building to interact with its surroundings. A natural tree line near the building’s location was used as inspiration for the linear facade.

Construction of the prefabricated straw bale biosciences building marks the beginning of a 20-year master plan of the campus, which aims to enhance its reputation as a primary destination for the study of plant and animal sciences. Prefabricated straw bale construction is certainly not new in the UK – in fact, many straw bale prefab buildings have been completed by Modcell [9]. However, this new university building, which will be largest of its kind in the UK, will certainly improve the construction techniques and help foster a greater awareness of the technology.

+ Make Architects [4]

+ University of Nottingham – Sutton Bonington [10]


Article printed from Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com

URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/work-begins-on-the-uks-largest-prefabricated-strawbale-building/

URLs in this post:

[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/08/work-begins-on-the-uks-largest-prefabricated-strawbale-building/biosciences-strawbale-2/

[2] straw bale: http://inhabitat.com../tag/strawbale

[3] prefabricated construction: http://inhabitat.com../tag/prefabricated-construction

[4] Make Architects: http://www.makearchitects.com/

[5] BREEAM: http://www.breeam.org/

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/08/work-begins-on-the-uks-largest-prefabricated-strawbale-building/biosciences-strawbale-3/

[7] straw bale: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/25/yorkshire-straw-bale-cabin-by-carol-atkinson/

[8] Solar passive design: http://inhabitat.com../tag/solar-passive-design

[9] Modcell: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/08/prefab-friday-modcells-stunning-straw-bale-prefab-homes/

[10] + University of Nottingham – Sutton Bonington: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/Biosciences/index.aspx

Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.