Straw Bale Eco House, High Halden
This project featured on Channels 4’s ‘Build the Dream’.
A self build elliptical 2 storey straw bale house with Larsen trusses supporting the main roof loads, including a green roof. Straw bale infill was used for insulation and an Internal tower of dense masonry provides thermal mass.
The property achieved an amazing air leakage result of 0.5m³/m²hr, proving that straw bales can be used in Passivhaus design.
Reed bed sewage treatment and a rainwater harvesting also feature.
Double glazed oak framed windows were locally made.