Start: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 12:01am Location: ExCel London

Look beyond the 'Greenwash' – come to EcoBuild.

Straw Works is at EcoBuild again this year. Come and say hello, ask us questions and tell us about your project. We are on the Natural Materials Stand S1660 from 5th until 7th March at ExCel London.

Barbara Jones (Director of Straw Works) will be speaking under the heading: 'Construction Materials & Methods' on Wednesday at 12.30. During her talk she'll give examples of beautiful, sustainable strawbale buildings.

Barbara and her team of Associates have created many beautiful and durable residential and commercial buildings using straw bales and natural materials. Collectively they have been involved in some capacity with more than 300 buildings in the UK and Europe, ranging from tiny garden buildings to the UK's largest straw bale building to date. People and organisations, across Europe, already benefit from inhabiting these super-insulated, healthy and beautiful spaces.

Straw Works offers architectural design, consultancy, training, building and support to the construction industry. It specialises in the use of strawbales and other natural materials to achieve sustainable buildings with low embodied energy. The company values can be captured in 4 words:

Empowerment – encouraging ourselves & others to do things we never thought we could, to be more than we thought we were, to take responsibility for ourselves and our world and to push the boundaries of what we thought was possible.

Sustainability – to use what is enough and no more. To live, work, design, build and teach with an awareness of and respect for the harmony of nature and our place within it. To use natural and low-embodied energy materials and systems, ensuring continuation without greed.

Passion – to truly believe in what we are doing and why. To be full of enthusiasm for our choices, decision, actions and direction.

Fun – to enjoy what we do, be light-hearted, humorous and playful and to encourage others to do the same.

Straw Works has just published its programme of courses for this year, see Bale Frenzy 2013 on the website. There's lots of good stuff happening there.

Anyone interested in Permaculture will find ECOBUILD interesting. There's a lot going on: exhibitors, conferences, seminars, a film festival, tours & demos as well as some great ideas, inspirational solutions, new thinking and of course Straw Works.

The Straw Works team will be building a small, strawbale building at ECOBUILD and will be demonstrating the benefits of straw and of natural, clay plaster. Come along and join us. The venue, ExCel is huge, so to find us enter by door S5 and walk straight through to the other side by the Waterfront. Looking forward to seeing you there! 

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