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

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

    The European Straw Bale Gathering (ESBG) is a biennial event, which the UK is privileged to be hosting, for the first time, in Todmorden, West Yorkshire from 15-18 August 2019. ESBG is one of the most important meetings of straw bale builders, professionals and admirers of this natural building method and material.

    ESBG 2019 is part of the Interreg funded UP Straw project. In keeping with the aims of UPStraw, we will be demonstrating the wonderful insulation, fuel cost cutting and carbon reduction properties of building with straw to: planners, architects, public authorities, universities, self-builders and communities.

    ESBG 2019 in Todmorden, Yorkshire, UK

    About the ESBG 2019

    ESBG 2019 is all about…

    • Exploring healthy public buildings made from straw
    • Raising awareness of the benefits of constructing public buildings from straw
    • Highlighting features & benefits of straw bale buildings
    • Understanding public procurement, building regulations, green mortgages and insurance
    • Inspirational case studies
    • Networking for professionals and students in the sector

    “Straw is an excellent material for building and insulating new and existing buildings. Straw is CO2 negative because CO2 is stored in straw during growth, widely available, fully recyclable and has a rapid growth cycle. Straw is warm in winter and cool for ever!”

    Barbara Jones, Director of the School of Natural Building


    Exciting speakers from numerous European countries have already been confirmed, including:

    Chris Magwood, who runs the Endeavour Sustainable Building School in Canada. Chris is a designer, consultant, researcher, writer, teacher and builder. His books include:

    – Essential Sustainable Home Design (2017)
    – Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction (2016)
    – Essential Hempcrete Construction (2016)

    Glynis Kirkwood-Warren, who was born and raised in Tottenham. Glynis was brought up sharing, helping and supporting others, so it was no surprise that she would be part of a unique community-led project to redevelop a forgotten and unloved local park in one of the most deprived and misrepresented areas of London. The successful redevelopment of the park was completed in 2012, but who was going to run the newly built straw bale, timber-framed passive house in the middle of the park? Enter Glynis with another ridiculous idea, a band of passionate locals and a learning curve of epic proportions…

    Murray Davidson, Environment & Natural Resources Manager at Hastings Borough Council, will be talking about public procurement and straw, with the intriguing title: Public procurement of straw bale buildings – a step up or the straw that breaks the camel’s back!

    You can find out about other speakers on the ESBG website.

    As well as 3 full days of stimulating talks and workshops from Friday to Sunday, ESBG participants will also have the chance to visit some amazing straw bale buildings in and around West Yorkshire, including The Ecology Building Society in Halifax, (pictured) on Thursday.

    ESBG 2019 includes a tour of local straw-bale buildings such as this one in Halifax
    Credit: Straw Works

    Event details

    Dates: Thursday 15 August to Sunday 18 August 2019
    Location: Todmorden Learning Centre, Todmorden, West Yorkshire
    Tickets: Full Conference: £195 to £250. Day Tickets: £70 to £95
    Event website: www.esbg2019.org/tickets

    All tickets include tea, coffee and lunch every day and a buffet dinner & ceilidh on Saturday 17th August.

    Discount for Lowimpact.org readers

    We’re delighted to be able to offer a discount for Lowimpact.org readers to attend the three days of the conference (Friday, Saturday Sunday, excluding tours on the Thursday) at a cost of just £175.00. To access this offer, please click here and enter ‘Lowimpact’ in the ‘Name of Member Organisation’ box.

    How to get in touch

    For more details, please call Eileen Sutherland on 07857 890805 or email her at [email protected].

    ESBG 2019 Todmorden as part of the UPStraw project

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