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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.