Thankfully, where nature falls short by
itself, clever use of modern technology can lend a helping hand and remedy the
shortcomings. Enter the newest method – prefabrication of structural insulation
Prefabricated exterior wall panels are
timber-straw blocks precisely manufactured to seamlessly fit together,
simplifying the building process and reducing construction time. This, in turn,
also minimises the risk posed by moisture.
Pressing straw into frames under factory
conditions usually results in a more dense and homogenous infill with even
surface. As a result, guesswork and potential errors that can arise during
self-building are effectively removed from the equation.
Of course, not all panels were created
equal, and we can only speak for ourselves. EcoCocon is currently the world’s
most tested and certified straw wall system, rated for performance,
energy-efficiency, fire resistance and environmental footprint. These
credentials often provide all the reassurance authorities need. Thus, the
issues of securing building permits as well as insurance are alleviated.
Different panel types can accommodate
different structural requirements. Since they’re tailored to measure, they
allow for nearly unrestricted design possibilities and creative freedom for
architects. Such modern straw buildings can be indistinguishable from their
more conventional counterparts, save for the pleasant indoor atmosphere of the