White Design has helped design and build "Balehaus@Bath", a two-storey, straw-bale house as part of a research project on the University of Bath campus. We are part of the team contributing to an innovative research programme at the university's BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials. BaleHaus™ is an entirely renewable way to construct homes, using ModCellTM prefabricated straw bale cladding panels.
The research team will be assessing straw bales and hemp as building materials to establish how they could be used more widely for housing, helping the UK achieve its targets for reducing carbon emissions. Due to the high insulating properties of straw, houses made of straw bales need almost no conventional heating, keeping running costs low and minimising environmental impact.