UP STRAW Report on external thermal insulation methods with straw (wrapping)

Written by esba

WP T3 Market developments for retrofitting existing buildings with straw insulation

From a sustainability perspective, retrofitting existing buildings is in general to prefer rather than tearing down and build anew. An exemplary evidence is shown in Table 1. More than that, 1 also real costs do reflect the advantage of retrofitting.

The author explains that these advantages become particularly clear if taking an LCA dimension into account and not focussing on a specific key target (like energy efficiency during operation of a building). Therefore, still from a sustainability perspective, building regulation and/or building policy must reflect a priority of retrofitting.

Market situation
There is a relevant percentage of retrofitting in the building market in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany and the UK.

Author: Benedikt Kaesberg, Benediktinerabtei Plankstetten


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.