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Load-bearing straw bale construction for agricultural and residential buildings


Thüringer Ministerium für Infrastruktur und Landwirtschaft

Federal State



Werner-Seelenbinder-Str. 8
99096 Erfurt

Website: External link to the authority

Project Title

Load-bearing straw bale construction for agricultural and residential buildings

Project description

The advantage of load-bearing straw bale constructions lies in the very simple wall construction. The straw blocks are installed in a time-saving and reusable manner without joint mortar. They can be plastered on one or both sides and then fulfill all the properties of an exterior wall without a complex wooden construction. The aim of the planned cooperation project is to develop static-constructive and building physics principles for the design and verification of straw bale masonry. It is essential to classify the load-bearing straw bales in terms of their structural properties. The starting point should be preconditioned straw bales to which defined strength and deformation parameters can be assigned.

Final report

Results and the Final report will be found here, as soon as the project is completed.

Results focusing on practiceorientation

As part of the project applied for, the long-term aim is to lay the foundations for normative regulations to be developed and a general technical approval or type approval. In the short term, the desired results can significantly simplify approval in individual cases and thus significantly promote the market potential of load-bearing straw bale construction.

Key words

Outdoor horticulture and woody crops (incl. viticulture, olives, fruit, ornamentals)

Main funding source

Rural development 2014-2020 for Operational Groups (in the sense of Art 56 of Reg.1305/2013)

OG contact information

Materialforschungs- und Prüfanst. an der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Coudraystraße 9
99423 Weimar

Phone: +49 3643 564 326

Email: stefan.helbig@mfpa.de

Type of OG partners

  • Farmer
  • Researcher
  • Industry
  • Retailer

Begin of project


Project status


Total budget applied for in EUR


Further information

2020 LFE 0010

Link 2

Project description

Link 3

project poster


DEG05 - Weimar, Kreisfreie Stadt

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