Strawbale and Natural Building News from France

Straw Bale construction has been evolving in France since 2012 and the publishing of the Straw Bale Building Code, and the creation of a professional training course to implement it, by the RFCP (French Network for Straw Construction). The owner-builder single-family type of building is no longer the only horizon for designers and builders. Office and commercial spaces, wineries, fire station, social housing, theater, and numerous schools have chosen straw bale for its amazing characteristics. Infill and prefab are the common way to go. Load-Bearing and wrapping are the current focus of the Network. We estimate that 10,000 sb buildings have been completed in France.  Martin Paquot, member of and former co-secretary of the RFCP, will give us a tour of exemplary strawbale projects and a few others using cob, rammed earth, compressed earth brick, light-clay, hemp (hemp-lime and hemp-clay), etc.

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Oct 22 2023


10:30 am - 11:30 am


Breakout Sessions


Shining Mountain Waldorf: Festival Hall
Martin Paquot


Martin Paquot

Martin Paquot is a young architect, member of the French Network for Straw Bale Construction since his student's years and was co-secretary of the Network in 2021. He is also co-founder of the Paris Raw Earth Society, and part of the Raw Earth Building Confederacy. He translated into French Roger Welsch's paper on the original straw bale buildings in Sandhills, Nebraska, and is currently traveling the south west on the trail of natural buildings and natural builders thanks to an AIA fellowship. He is the co-editor of an online journal titled Topophile, friends of place | review of happy spaces.

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