image: day two constructing the Balehaus for Grand Designs Live
Modcell , a UK company based in Bristol, have ambitions to widen the appeal and use of straw in house construction. They have designed a super insulating system that meets the PassivHaus specification for zero heat homes using hemp and straw.
The Modcell concept was central to the building of a sustainable house on Channel 4’s Grand Designs Live show in May. RIBA award-winning architect Duncan Baker Brown of BBM Sustainable Design designed the home that was built for the show.
The home was constructed using ModCell™ – a sustainable, prefabricated straw bale and hemp cladding panels. This innovative, offsite-manufactured cladding system can be quickly and efficiently installed, creating a building with thermal performance up to three times higher than the current building regulations require.
Other recycled material were also used within Brown’s design, including old mobile phones, glass bottles and newspapers.
Photos of Balehaus construction
* images of the 6 day construction of the Balehaus at the Grand Designs Live show here.
* some inside images of finished construction of Grand Designs Live’s Balehaus.