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Straw houses go on sale in the UK!

Houses made of straw have gone on to the open market for the first time in the UK after being made eligible for mortgages.

The row of seven ‘straw’ houses have gone on sale on another-wise brick built street in Bristol. The two and three bedroom properties each contain more than seven tonnes of straw and are designed to reduce energy bills buy a staggering 90%!

The project lead by the University of Bath sees prefabricated panels consisting of a wooden frame infilled with straw bales and covered with a more traditional brick cladding making them externally indistinguishable from other properties.

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Professor Pete Walker said ” The construction sector must reduce its energy consumption by 50% and its carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, so radical changes are needed to the way we approach house building.

“As a construction material, straw is a low-cost and widely available food co-product that offers real potential for ultra-low carbon housing throughout the UK.

“Building with straw could be a critical point in our trajectory towards a low-carbon future.”

“I think there’s a lot of misconception about using straw – stories about the three little pigs and the big bad wolf, concerns about fire resistance.”

The houses are due for completion in April, but have gone on sale this week at prices between £220,000 and £240,000.

Do you think this new eco-technology will catch on?