Strawbale Construction – A Least Embodied Energy Material

Written by esba

In the present scenario, the need for sustainable solutions is increasing, as our world is facing various difficult challenges. Due to the effects of global warming and the exhaustion of natural resources, the importance of low-impact construction alternatives is increasing. A great amount of energy is consumed in the production of building materials, and conventional construction is responsible for it, due to which the natural resources are being drained. Construction alternatives have promising potential for the construction industry’s needs, to introduce natural renewable materials that offer low impact and low embodied energy. This paper emphasizes Straw bale construction, by undertaking an embodied energy analysis.

The purpose of writing this paper is to study existing construction materials, in order to understand the impact they pose on the environment. The materials with higher embodied energy affect the environment in a negative way, which require more resources, and most likely cause more waste to be discharged along the production line.


Gupta, Monika Shekhar


About the author


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.