Ecobuild

The School of Natural Building

Straw Works Ltd (where I am a director) is proud to announce the launch of our School of Natural Building (SNaB)

School of Natural Building (SNaB)

The School has 3 main aims:

  • to increase the numbers of women in construction
  • to increase the pool of natural builders
  • to promote natural building techniques

If you’re interested in our School, click on the link for more info and email Jane for an application form:  strawworks.co.uk

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Beautiful, small, strawbale building for sale…ex Grand Designs Live Exhibition

FOR SALE

Small, versatile, strawbale building

This building is suitable as a garden building, an office, a guest room, a teenage crash pad, a studio. It can be used all year round as it’s made of straw and is therefore highly insulated and will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.

The building is 4.2m long x 3.2m wide and 3.2m high. At present it is unfinished. It can be bought in this state (see pictures attached) for £17,500. This price includes extra clay for finishing off the internal plaster, French doors with all the door furniture, 4 x double sockets and beautiful Douglas fir for skirting boards. Delivery is extra to the price.

If you’d prefer the building to be finished, Straw Works could do that for you by doing the work mentioned above + foundations, a top coat of plaster outside and sedum for the roof. The finished price would be £24,500 + delivery.

This building was transported from the Grand Designs Live exhibition in London on a low loader to Suffolk where it is residing temporarily. This is the first time a strawbale building has travelled this way! See http://www.strawworks.co.uk/

If you are interested in knowing more about this building please contact Eileen at strawworks@gmail.com

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Eco Build

Yes,  it’s that time of year again.

Straw Works will be at Eco Build from Tues 4th -Thurs 6th March inclusive. We’ll be building a temporary strawbale building and plastering it with clay. Come and see us on stand 1660 and give us a hand … or even just have a chat.

http://www.ecobuild.co.uk/Content/Nature-and-the-Built-Environment  This is the link to the Natural Building section of the exhibition – which is of course, the most ‘eco’ part of the exhibition and the most innovative Hope to see you there. Tell your mates.

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Preparing to Build with Bales

Great new course from Straw Works: ‘Preparing to Build with Bales’ on November 23rd in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

Why not join us and plan your build by working through our Winter Manual?

http://strawworks.co.uk/preparing-to-build-with-bales-north-west/

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Thanks so much

Thanks so much to everyone who voted for Barbara and Straw Works.  Barb is through to the last 4 who are going to pitch to Rich on May 2nd.  Straw Works got 39.1% of the total votes. If you’d like to check out the competition go to:

http://tinyurl.com/bvarshj

Good luck on the 2nd Barb.

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Last chance…

In case you have a minute between now and 12 noon GMT today,  here’s where you can place a vote for Straw Works to help them get through to the last 4 businesses who will have the opportunity to ‘pitch to Rich’ (Branson that is).

Just visit http://www.virginmediapioneers.com/2013/04/vote-for-pitch-to-rich-competition-finalists/ click on Fill out my form, and vote!

Thanks.

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Vote for Straw Works

Please vote for Barbara and Straw Works, and pass this on to your friends.

Barbara Jones, from Todmorden, has been selected as a semi-finalist in Virgin Media Pioneers Pitch to Rich competition –a nationwide search to find the UK’s best start ups, and needs your vote. The finalists will receive the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pitch their business to Richard Branson and be in with the chance of winning a prize package worth £5,000.Voting is now open and will close on 23rd April. To vote for Barbara and help her get through to the next stage of the competition visit http://www.virginmediapioneers.com/2013/04/vote-for-pitch-to-rich-competition-finalists/ click on Fill out my form, and vote!

Thanks xx

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Running & repairs

Poor Bertha’s been in the wars again. She’s had her front hub greased and generally sorted out…that’s technical talk for you! And she’s all the better for it. No longer does she shimmy from side to side while I try to propel her forward. In fact she’s acting like a proper bike. However because the weather’s been so bad she and I haven’t been out anywhere exciting. In fact we’ve only been as far as the shops. Instead I’ve been persisting with the running programme.

You remember the  NHS from,’Couch to 5k’? On Friday I’ll be on week 9 and will be running (well jogging really) for 30 minutes without stopping. Ideally during that time I’ll cover 5k. I know I’m close because we went to Goffs Park recently where there’s a 4k marked trail and I did that with a bit of time to spare.  Who would have thought it? I’m really pleased but I’m going to have to work on my self belief, as I start every run with the thought that I won’t be able to do it. Any tips on cultivating positive thinking will be gratefully received.

Which leads me to other empowering stuff… Straw Works, a company I work for is holding a 1 day introductory course to natural plasters – lime & clay, on the 20th of April.  Go to http://www.strawworks.co.uk  Click on the ‘Bale Frenzy’ button and check out ‘Getting Plastered.’ You’ll love it!

Last thought…my book Changing Gear. A Bike Ride from Britain to Bulgaria will be free on Kindle from 5th-9th April inclusive. Click here to read it http://tinyurl.com/co5b6ee    Hope you like it.

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Ecobuild

I know this blog is traditionally about cycling, with a bit of writing thrown in and more recently some running. But today I’m widening the focus (is it possible to do that!?) to include strawbale building which is another passion of mine. In fact I’m writing a book about it…..don’t hold your breath it’s going slowly.

Anyhow I wanted to tell you about Ecobuild an event  taking place in London from the 5-7th March at ExCel exhibition & conference centre in the Docklands.  I’ll be there with a company I’m working with, Straw Works Ltd http://www.strawworks.co.uk

You will find us on the Natural Materials stand number S1660 near door S5. Barbara Jones (the director of Straw Works) will be speaking in the session headed, Construction Materials & Methods on Wed 6th March at 12.30 – seminar room 8.

In 2008 my family and I with help from Barbara, built a strawbale house in Bulgaria. There’s info, pics and even a slide show with music about the house on our website http://www.hotnitsa.com

At Ecobuild, Straw Works will be building a small strawbale building in situ complete with demonstrations of natural plastering. Don’t miss it!

Hope to see you there.

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