Increase in buildings sustainability by using renewable materials and energy

Written by esba

Sustainable development could be seen as an indispensable condition for the survival of civilization. The construction sector is a field with an immediate need for reducing environmental impacts. Sustainability measures applied for buildings could produce very efficient results for the people. The paper provides the methods of construction sustainability increase by researching, developing, and applying the technologies which use renewable materials and energy. The paper analyzes the cases of both a solar eco-house which was built of original prefabricated straw-bale panels and was designed to use direct solar energy; and an educational project promoting straw-bale construction and seeking to mitigate climate change.

The project results have shown the need of spreading information on sustainable building methods to be accepted by wider society and to be applied to the construction industry. Monitoring of solar ecohouse has proved that direct solar energy gains are significant in reducing heating degree-days in 55°N latitude and in allowing to save half the energy needed for heating.


  1. Milutienė, Edita
  2. StaniškisJurgis, K.
  3. Kručius, Audrys
  4. Augulienė, Vida
  5. Ardickas, Daumilas


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The European Straw Building Association is an independent European association, devoid of any profit making motive. The object of the Association is to promote and develop the use of straw, as a sustainable way of building in all the senses of the term “sustainable”: renewable, ecological, healthy, energy and climate efficient, social and economic.
The Association is a federation composed of organisations and people particularly concerned with the use of straw in buildings.