Another adaptation of a whole house design concept was applied by amazonails to a design of "the first council houses in the country made from straw" at Brumby Crescent in Waddington, Lincolnshire, England. They are semidetached, affordable social houses built for the North Kesteven District Council.
While the first whole house design concept - Hůlkovi project in Náchod - uses concrete and a timber frame, the houses in Waddington are designed as 2 storey strawbale loadbearing structures without cement. This way the project draws on fewer natural resources. Compared to a timber frame straw bale house, loadbearing strawbale technique minimizes environmental impact, uses fewer materials,is less expensive, and faster to build. In Waddington, the building technology and design were intentionally simplified and were adapted to suit the strawbales in the most efficient way. The houses are affordable and potentially energetically self sufficient.
The tenants moved in beginning of May 2010.
The following text has been written by North Kesteven District Council:
What is being built?
- Two semi-dettached houses. Each with three bedrooms.
Why is the Council building them?
- To help meet the demand for affordable housing.
- To learn this new way of construction and pass knowledge and experience on to others.
Who is building them?
- Designed by amazonails, West Yorkshire.
- Built by Taylor Pearson Construction, West Yorkshire.
Who is paying for them?
- Through grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency, West Yorkshire.
How are they built?
- The structural element is straw.
- Walls are covered in lime render on the inside and outside.
- Normal windows and roofs.
- Have been designed to have a life of at least 200 years.
Who can live in them?
- The straw houses will be allocated through the normal NKDC register and housing allocation scheme. Anyone can apply but everyone will go through the same process.
What are the benfits of straw houses?
- use renewable and environmently appropriate materials,
- are three times better insulated than building regulations require - resulting in low heating bills and less carbon emissions,
- have good sound insulation,
- are a low fire risk,
- create a healthy environment,
- are creative and fun places to live!