- Building Type : School, college, university
- Construction Year : 2017
- Delivery year : 2018
- Address 1 - street : 7130 BINCHE, Belgique
- Climate zone : [Cfb] Marine Mild Winter, warm summer, no dry season.
- Net Floor Area : 1 000 m2
- Construction/refurbishment cost : 1 288 026 €
- Cost/m2 : 1288.03 €/m2
Primary energy need :
(Calculation method : Other )
Since the start of All Saints' Day 2017, students in Secondary 5 and 6 of the College "Notre-Dame de bon secours" in Binche are the first in Belgium to take classes in a building isolated with straw and wooden frame. A spacious, bright, and healthy pavilion has replaced a prefabricated sheet metal energy wastage. This pavilion is the first prefabricated school building made of wood, compressed straw and clay plaster in French-speaking Belgium.
In 2014, the management of college "Notre-Dame de Bon secours " in Binche, in the Walloon Region, wanted to set an example in order to be in full coherence with the applied pedagogy of the establishment defending respect for the environment and of eco-citizenship.
Also after much research and after being surrounded by "specialists", she made the choice of a passive construction with materials mainly of plant origin. Thus, the construction system of the college which was built by De Graeve, a subsidiary of Eiffage Construction Benelux and specialist in passive constructions, combines three renewable materials: wood for structural work, straw for walls, earth. In addition, the roof is cork insulated, as the clay coating for the interior lining.
This college uses each subject in a reasoned way to make the most of it and avoids wasting all the gray energies. Building with natural materials made it possible to build buildings with a negative carbon footprint. Being of vegetable origin, the wood and the straw are fixers of C02. The choice of materials has been designed to promote a supply via sectors as short as possible.
This construction is designed to last, the care taken in its implementation offers a long life to the building; in addition, if we decide to dismantle them one day, the materials will be almost completely compostable. The interior comfort is also optimized thanks to the absence of volatile substances (VOC) and thanks to the hygrometric regulation properties of the earth coatings. The straw bale walls offer sound insulation qualities.
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DesignerAAIA - Atelier Alter Ingénieurs et Architectes Christophe Lootvoet - firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental consultancyEURECA et A+ Concept Matthieu Bourgeois - email@example.com Economy and rational use of energy, advice and support
Owner approach of sustainability
For several years, the College "Notre-Dame of Bon Secours" of Binche is invested
in the sustainable development, with an "Eco-Team" which carries out several projects to make the students aware of the environment and the eco-citizenship. In order to be in full coherence
with the pedagogy applied in the establishment, the direction of the college wanted
- to set an example for future adults by choosing a positive construction with materials predominantly of plant origin;
- provide students and teachers with a healthy work environment.
"We wanted to make the values of our Eco-Team a strong gesture," says Teresa Maggiordomo, director of the school. The board quickly approved the project, the expense being not much higher than a more traditional solution. "We are at 1250 € / m² gross, which remains competitive," says Jean-Michel de Marchi, deputy director.The first building has eight classes, the second building five classrooms, a laboratory and sanitary facilities. However, the client had to show determination because he had to overcome many obstacles:
- the legend of the three little pigs and the prejudices related to it are still very much present in the collective unconscious; straw construction is still too much considered today as an alternative or even marginal vision of the possibilities of building;
- to find the architect with a large A was not easy;
- building a straw is still a pioneering process that does not allow to rely on the experience of other institutions;
- the cumbersome and sluggishness of all the administrative procedures has slowed the realization: "we encourage us to engage in passive or positive constructions but no administrative or financial support is offered", Teresa Maggiordomo laments
Since start of All Saints' Day 2017, 5th and 6th grade students at the" Notre-Dame de Bon Secours" secondary school in Binche are the first in Belgium to take classes in a building isolated from straw and timber framing. A spacious, bright, and healthy pavilion has replaced a prefabricated sheet metal energy wastage. This pavilion is the first prefabricated school building made of wood, compressed straw and clay plaster in French-speaking Belgium.
This construction technique offers many advantages. The structural work consists exclusively of wood, straw and earth, which is renewable materials. The other materials are as natural as possible: the new pavilion has no concrete slab for example, but a cork insulation and a dry screed.
" We value environmentally friendly, unprocessed and healthy materials, thus ensuring recyclability of the building ", explains Christophe Lootvoet, architect of the project. While construction waste is being upgraded at a high cost, the pavilion can be almost completely compostable if it ever needs to be dismantled.
Second advantage: the exemplary carbon footprint. " To build a conventional passive building, a C02 peak is produced before and during construction " due in particular to the use of petrochemical materials. " We are storing CO2, which is much more interesting, " continues Christophe Lootvoet. Because being of vegetable origin, the wood and the straw are fixers of CO2 and make it possible to reach a negative carbon balance.
Third advantage of natural materials: indoor pollution is avoided. " Endocrine disruptors are present in a lot of materials. Even if they meet the standards, when you accumulate phthalates that release vinyls, paintings on the walls and ceiling, you do not live in a healthy environment . "
Another advantage: humidity is regulated by the clay coating on the walls. " With walls covered with plaster and latex paint, the humidity of the air varies greatly with condensation problems in the key. Here, we are dealing with a large exchange surface material, full of micropores, which allows a very constant humidity level. "
The project began in June 2017. The panels were transported from the workshops of the Paille-Tech cooperative to Franière (Floreffe), and assembled in Binche. " We used techniques from self-construction, with all the alternative aspect that implies, " says Antoine Bonnert, manager of Paille-Tech.
If you had to do it again?
This project was not an easy task:
1. the legend of the 3 little pigs and the prejudices related to it are still very much present in the collective unconscious; straw construction is still too much considered today as an alternative or even marginal vision of the possibilities of building (but we informed and convinced);
2. Finding the architect with a big A was not easy (but we got there);
3.Straw building is still a pioneering step that has not given us the comfort of relying on the experience of other establishments;
4.The heaviness and slowness of all administrative procedures: we encourage us to engage in passive or positive constructions but no administrative or financial support is offered.
Building users opinion
Building with natural materials makes it possible to build buildings with a negative carbon footprint. This construction is designed to last, the care taken in its implementation offers a long life to the building but if we decide one day to dismantle them, they are almost completely compostable
This type of construction removes CO2 from the atmosphere since it allows to store a significant amount as long as the construction is standing.
For comparison, building conventionally generates additional CO 2 in the atmosphere, because of the nature of the materials used often from petrochemicals and the energy it took to industrially manufacture them.
Moreover, no indoor pollution of the ambient air.
Use of solid wood, untreated. Floors and partitions are counter-nailed (rather than bonded) and all insulators used are completely sanitary neutral.
In addition, straw bale walls also have acoustic insulation qualities.
The site was treated with a result in "blowerdoortest" better than the threshold set for a passive construction.
- 74,00 kWhep/m2.an
- 125,00 kWhep/m2.an
- 125,00 kWhef/m2.an
- 0,12 W.m-2.K-1
Real final energy consumption
- Condensing gas boiler
- Gas boiler
- No cooling system
- Double flow heat exchanger
- No renewable energy systems
- 22,75 KgCO2/m2/an
- 100,00 an(s)
Health & Comfort
Insulation of straw and clay walls
Paille-Tech scrl Rue de la Glacerie, 6 B-5150 Franière Belgique Tél : +32.(0)81.44.07.39 TVA : BE 0820.755.996
Opere strutturali / Sistema passivo
Constructive system that uses straw as insulation and clay plaster for interior lining.
Straw construction is still too much considered today as an alternative or even marginal vision of the possibilities of building, but the contracting authoritiy managed to convince.
Opere di finitura / Partizioni, isolamento
Use for the floor and roof of cork and rubber.
No specific problem. High performance insulation: U = 0.13 W / m2K
The city of Binche has +/- 33,575 inhabitants. Former mining and textile town, Binche is world famous for its architectural heritage and its Carnival. The school and its surroundings (lawn, playground) are located in the city center. The city is well served by public transport (Train, bus ...).
Land plot area
5 000,00 m2
The college "Notre-Dame de Bon secours" of Binche is a positive construction using each subject in a rational way to get the best and avoids wasting all gray energy. Building with natural materials made it possible to build buildings with a negative carbon balance. Being of vegetable origin, the wood and the straw are fixers of C02.
In a socially responsible approach, the De Graeve company that built the building, created in 1965 and established in Beez since 1985, has developed since 2008 an expertise in the construction of passive buildings in wood frame or in "massive-passive" .
These highly technical projects mobilize both the know-how and the creativity of the teams. New technologies, new materials, very particular care to bring during the execution are as many subjects of reflection on which De Graeve works with its partners.
Several projects are to his credit : the first passive nursery school in the French Community, 50 passive student housing units for UCL, a passive wooden frame nursery in La Louvière and the Ottignies municipal office in Louvain-la-Neuve. (1500 m² of passive offices). A set of 14 passive social apartments built on four floors in wood frame, exceptional project, has been awarded many times, including the "Blue House" 2012 Foundation for Generations Futures (price for sustainable construction and affordable). De Graeve is a member of the "passive houses platform" and the CAP2020 cluster.