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    I am co-director of Straw Works and the School of Natural Building (SNaB). Straw Works Ltd is a design and build company. The School of Natural Building is a training organisation and is a vehicle for increasing the numbers of natural builders in the UK. In 2008 I built my own strawbale house in Bulgaria with my family. So I know the techniques of building with bales but my role in the two organisations is mostly finance, marketing and strategy. My business partner Barbara Jones is the building expert.

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    Eileen Sutherland

    Putting straw on the public building map: the UP STRAW 2020 Yearbook

    Eileen Sutherland 15-Apr-2021

    Eileen Sutherland shares highlights from the UP STRAW 2020 Yearbook, as this pioneering pan-European project putting straw on the public and urban building map enters its final phases this spring and summer. Read more

    Want to learn about straw-bale building? More news on the ESBG 2019

    Eileen Sutherland 11-Apr-2019

    … and a special offer for our readers! We hear from Eileen Sutherland of The School of Natural Building about the straw-bale building event of the year, happening for the first time in the UK this summer. Read more

    The European Straw Bale Gathering is coming to Yorkshire for 2019

    Eileen Sutherland 12-Mar-2019

    The European Straw Bale Gathering is heading to the UK for the very first time in August 2019. Learn all about it here. Read more

    Psst…. want to buy a straw-bale building – off the back of a lorry?

    Eileen Sutherland 27-Mar-2015

    This strawbale building is suitable as a demonstrator building, a box office, an information centre, an office, a guest room, a teenage crash pad, a studio etc. and can be located in your garden or near your premises, subject to suitable access. Read more

    Career change? How to become a self-employed natural builder

    Eileen Sutherland 13-Jan-2015

    We’re approached a lot by people wanting to change career to one focused on one of the topics on our website. The most common topic is probably low-impact building. Read more

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