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We had a post on this the other month.

http://www.housepricecrash.co.uk/forum/index.php?/topic/203179-hey-fancy-buying-a-straw-house/?hl=modcell#entry1102666857

"ModCell design of straw bale homes"

Their unique design has been given both scientific and industry approval meaning for the first time buyers can get mortgages for them and they are insurable.

It's straw bales in a wood frame !

As i posted on the other thread

I too looked into Modcell. they wanted £400 to £700 per sq ft for the wood framed straw bale panels

wtf !

They said they spent £4.5 million getting the wood framed straw bales through regs, despite it having been around for 100's of yrs .

Where did the money go ?

If you look at their completed projects, most are schools & public funded buildings, who else would pay these extortionate prices

http://www.modcell.c...leted-projects/

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We had a post on this the other month.

http://www.housepricecrash.co.uk/forum/index.php?/topic/203179-hey-fancy-buying-a-straw-house/?hl=modcell#entry1102666857

"ModCell design of straw bale homes"

It's straw bales in a wood frame !

As i posted on the other thread

I can see how they capture the public sector market through their feel-good carbon capture and storage claims. However, their impact on climate change is irrelevant as the carbon will be back in the atmosphere in the blink of an eye, metaphorically. (and I'm signed up to MMGW).

Build with straw by all means, but the carbon storage argument is erroneous in any meaningful way.

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I can see how they capture the public sector market through their feel-good carbon capture and storage claims. However, their impact on climate change is irrelevant as the carbon will be back in the atmosphere in the blink of an eye, metaphorically. (and I'm signed up to MMGW).

Build with straw by all means, but the carbon storage argument is erroneous in any meaningful way.

The carbon storage argument works in the only way that matters.

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Post and beam with straw infill is better or load bearing straw bale. Only advantage of modcell is ready finished plaster but the premium for this would pay for long-term canopy over conventional straw bale build easily and probably twice over.

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Ugly ugly houses and I suspect very expensive too.

The straw in the bales should to have very little grain content. I followed a blog for a while about a straw-bale build... the cheap tarpaulin they used to cover it over winter, had flexation from wind/movement and allowed water in, that soaked one section of wall... wet wet straw... and rats had gone crazy where they had gotten access for the high oat content.

He got it right in 2nd attempt... (started entirely over) but I've just learned, from his 2015 update, his friend who seemingly owned the land has got him out the house, and knocked it down.

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green-build-1.jpeg

Problems encountered: Original attempt or produce obtuse wall-angles failed by trying to mitre the straw bales. Lost cohesion and belled out sideways. Resulting loose bales invaded by rodents tunneling for considerable grain content (Oats) left by poor harvesting. Cheap woven fibreglass tarpaulins failed over first (unroofed) winter due to wind flexing allowing rain to soak through. This is the West of Scotland, and there is a LOT of rain.

http://www.envisioneer.net/ghArchive.php

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/how-i-built-my-house-for-4000-784278.html

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Modecell Pr was doing the rounds on R4 last yr. The R4 presenter mentioned that their is an extra cost of land to pay fot the thicker walls. Has anyone done the maths on this, compared to 200mm Sips panels, the highly insulated alternative.

I wonder if Modcell / Bath Uni got EU or other funding as part of their £4.5 million layout to get it through building regs ?

Straw bale has always been a sexy target for eco funding

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Just look at Modcell's sound insulation data. It just says 50dB. Totally dimensionless.

dBs are a relative measure so don't need dimensions (50 dB reduction reduces the intensity of sound by a factor of 100000).

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