Prefabricated straw panels in UK Schools
Prefabricated straw bale construction systems use a natural, low carbon, renewable product, providing high levels of thermal insulation. This modular approach appeals to the creative side of architects and can make life much easier for builders.
ModCell® is an example of a UK system that uses these excellent thermal insulation qualities of straw and timber to make prefabricated straw panels for schools and other buildings.
Schools built using prefabricated straw bale panels are designed to meet the exact needs of each school, providing spaces and relationships that meet curriculum and functional requirements. They also meet Building Bulletin guidance in creative ways, and anticipate increases in Building Regulation standards.
A common misconception about straw buildings is that fire and moisture pose particular risks. ModCell® lime rendered panels have a fire rating of over 2 hours and have been subjected to accelerated weathering tests and a range of structural and performance tests at the BRE’s Centre for Innovation in Construction Materials at Bath University.