Try the bale way

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In light of the recent news that straw houses are on sale for the first time in the UK after becoming eligible for standard mortgages, Charlie Luxton, sustainable architectural designer from More4’s ‘Building the Dream’ and spokesperson for The National Homebuilding and Renovating Show (March 26-29 at NEC, Birmingham) has commented on using this sustainable material.

Charlie says: “There has been a real move in the right direction to adopt new technologies and ways of building. This is not a new thing but the housing and mortgage industry in the UK has dragged its heels which is why it has taken so long to get this passed.

“Straw is a carbon negative product so it offers homes very high levels of insulation but also really low embodied energy. It is also low cost and widely available throughout the UK however until now, this material has purely been a waste product.

“It is not just the small players who can contribute but it is now up to the larger house companies to tackle this situation quickly.”

North Kesteven District Council took the pioneering step four years ago and built four semi-detached homes in Martin and Waddington using eco-friendly straw bales.