Straw building technique – Technique de construction en paille

Written by esba

Building a straw house is a founding act. It is an opportunity to (re)appropriate our way of living in a space, a territory, to understand again the interactions we have with our natural and social environment.
Building a straw house is also fully in line with the regulatory and ethical obligation to build thermally efficient and environmentally responsible houses.

But, in order to carry out the project, whether you are a professional or a self-builder, you have to answer many questions: which technique to choose? how much does it cost? how long does it take to build? which materials to use? etc.

The authors, through the meticulous follow-up of the work on 13 straw houses, highlight the straw techniques, the various construction choices, the detailed cost of the work, the time required for the work (carried out by professionals or self-builders)… Each house presented is an opportunity to detail a specific construction point: earthen coatings, the mass stove, the RT 2012, the green roof…

13 straw houses, 13 different life paths: each of these houses tells a story and has been given an extra soul…

Authors: Fruchard Eddy; Piaud, Virginie

LINK to RFCP website (with Online-version of the book)

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.