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Building with Straw Bales

Building with Straw Bales

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Create natural, low-impact structures with world-renowned expert.

If you’re thinking of building your own eco home, workshop or community space, straw bales could be the answer. This five-day introduction to working with straw combines practical hands-on building workshops with talks and tours to give you an in-depth understanding of this versatile, low-impact material.

Key information

  • Duration: five days
  • Upcoming dates: Mon 19th – Fri 23rd August 2024
  • Start and finish times: starts at 5pm and ends at 2pm on the last day
  • Course cost: £750 – includes lunch, tuition and all materials
  • Full board accommodation is available for this course: £388 for a single person bedroom. (This option will become available once you click “Available” or “Book Now” below)
  • What to bring: as this is a highly practical course, safety boots are required.
  • Terms and Conditions:

What you will learn

Learn how to build with this low impact, low waste, highly energy efficient material.

This hands-on, practical course will give you the experience, knowledge and confidence to embark on your own project. Practical sessions will be supported by straw bale theory presentations and plenty of discussion. Plus you’ll tour the straw bale buildings at CAT to hear about how they were designed and built, helping you imagine and plan your very own structure.

Lectures include:

  • Straw bale building and the main principles of the building method and design.
  • Foundations theory and low impact foundations design and use.
  • Principles of clay use as a finish: differences in properties of clay, sourcing clays and assessing the correct mix.
  • The history of lime use and introduction to different limes and their properties, how to make lime and understanding what type of lime to use where, and the aftercare and maintenance of limework.

Practical sessions include:

  • Preparation – coppicing and shaping hazel from hedgerows, principles and practice.
  • Hand tool and shave horse use.
  • Working with straw bales, timber and coppiced hazel.
  • Load-bearing method and timber frame (infill method).
  • Roof plates and roofing.
  • Clay plasters and different mixes – mechanical mixing and ‘hand’ mixing.



Add accommodation to your booking

Would you to stay at CAT during your short course? Simply add the short course to your cart and then choose the option provided.

Accommodation option:

  • Full board and accommodation while your course is on – £388 single
  • Bed and Breakfast the night before your course starts – £80 single

Any questions please email

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