Amazonails

Message from Amazonails, with details of Strawbale building courses (below)

Hi,

I hope you don’t mind me contacting you - amazonails is a not for profit social enterprise which specializes in designing and building with straw bales. We are currently working on a project in Lincolnshire for a semi detached 2 storey social housing design that’s the first of its kind in the UK.

We have a series of straw bale building and lime plastering courses running – we were hoping that you would distribute this email to anyone you feel may be interested in joining us build this ground breaking project.

Thanks in advance for your help with this and we look forward to hearing from you!

Kind regards

Heather Crabtree Business Support Assistant

One of the buildings we have been involved in, the largest strawbale building in the UK, a saleroom of 1100sq.m built for Sworders Ltd, has just won the Sustainability Award from the East of England RICS.

PIONEERING STRAW BALE BUILDING PROJECT IN LINCOLNSHIRE

Semi detached two storey loadbearing strawbale residential houses in Lincolnshire

This is a VERY exciting project and possibly the first of its kind in the UK! amazonails and North Kesteven Council have teamed up to design and build a series of straw bale semi-detached houses in Lincolnshire. This is a pioneering social housing project which could lead the way for future social housing projects across the UK and beyond - come along and help us build this ground breaking project in the heart of Lincolnshire!

Course dates

22-23rd August - Ground floor straw bale wall raising

24-26th August - Ground floor straw bale wall raising

29-30th August - Ground floor straw bale wall raising

31st August - 2nd September - Ground floor straw wall raising

9-11th September - Ground floor lime plastering

12-13th September - Ground floor lime plastering

14-16th September - First floor straw bale wall raising

19-20th September - First floor straw bale wall raising

21-23rd September - First floor straw bale wall raising

26-27th September - First floor straw bale wall raising

31st September - 2nd October - First floor lime plastering

3-4th October - First floor lime plastering courses

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is interesting in designing and or building low impact buildings for residential use, or who wants to learn the latest strawbale building techniques. The courses offer practical hands on experience of straw bale building and clay and lime plastering and participants will gain an overview of the different options for building with straw and how to maximise the properties of straw bales for energy efficiency and acoustic insulation as well as learn about the properties and advantages of using natural plasters and renders.

There will be opportunities to ask questions about your own ideas and projects.

Who should attend?

This course is ideal for anyone interested in natural building techniques; or building their own home; architects, builders or local authority professionals involved in the design and build of residential housing. No previous experience or knowledge necessary.

The Building

An innovative low impact two storey semi-detached home designed as a pioneering social housing project. The building will stand on low impact foundations of lime concrete, local stone and recycled foam glass. 2 storey loadbearing straw bale walls incorporating the latest design concept for windows and door openings and pre-compression systems. We are always aiming to simplify building methods and minimise resource use – this will be a fast, straightforward, easy and inspiring build method offering new learning for professionals and beginners alike. The design calls on our current designs for affordable social housing and includes a strawbale internal party wall for additional acoustic insulation.

The design incorporates a pioneering new method of building loadbearing wall systems under the cover of a roof which will be lowered down during the courses.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING US PLEASE EMAIL INFO 'at' AMAZONAILS.ORG.UK or RING 0845 458 2173 ASAP

amazonails® strawbale innovations

Hope Mill Crescent Street Todmorden OL14 5HA

Tel: 0 (+44) 845 458 2173 Fax: 0 (+44) 1706 814696

www.amazonails.org.uk

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