Turning straw bales into a maintream and viable construction material
EU market development of MODCELL: a prefabricated eco-building system utilising renewable materials (EUROCELL)
Until now straw and hemp have been thought of as one-off, bespoke materials used in individual, quirky constructions. The EUROCELL project has created a commercially viable straw filled panel, combining low tech material with the latest methods of construction. The result? A sustainable, carbon neutral cladding system with high insulating properties for a variety of construction projects.
The project aims at a 3-5% European market share for the product by 2020. The ModCell system and the BaleHaus will reduce the carbon impact of new buildings by up to 80% compared to conventional solutions.
It will consolidate the straw supply chain, conduct post-occupancy analysis and complete performance monitoring in order to achieve product certification.