[Strawbale] Strawbale house

Sebastien Hubert sebastien.hubert at mc2000.be
Thu Jan 24 08:46:13 CET 2013

Thx Olivier,

Here also other strawbale buildings of Werner Schmidt : 

Regarding what I wrote yesterday I would add this : if you want to build 
an affordable house, you build a 1 level rectangular big bales house, 
then the roof (flat or not), then the windows.  Your building is quickly 

I've quite often seen houses with the south walls completely covered 
with windows.  Generally the windows are bad quality windows with a lot 
of air leaks.  You get energy from the sun of course but during the 
night you loose much more energy you get...  If you want to do the same 
with high quality windows it becomes really expensive.  In my house we 
put 3 high quality windows which are 2.2m high x 2m width.  This Monday 
was a shiny day (it happens sometimes in Belgium) and at 1:00PM we had 
21.5°C.  This is really enough.  We don't need 27°C !



On 24/01/13 00:29, OLIVER SWANN wrote:
> BBB in Switzerland http://naturalhomes.org/maya.htm
> Regards, Oliver
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* Sebastien Hubert <sebastien.hubert at mc2000.be>
> *To:* Hubert Simons <info at edelyn.de>; European strawbale building 
> discussions <strawbale at amper.ped.muni.cz>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, 23 January 2013, 21:05
> *Subject:* Re: [Strawbale] Strawbale house
> Hello Hubert (is Hubert your firstname ?),
> I put your mail again in the european mailing list because you only 
> answered to me...
> I completly agree with you. Indeed in Belgium there is not only huge 
> straw bale houses...
> I've build our house as you'll do your's.  As building professional it 
> is also a serious reference for the potential customers.  That 's why 
> our house is looking as a traditional german house (not really as a 
> belgian one ! ;-)
> Some pictures of our house are available here :
> http://www.mc2000.be/images/maison/facades/IMG_9514-small.JPG
> http://www.mc2000.be/images/maison/facades/IMG_9516-small.JPG
> http://www.mc2000.be/images/maison/facades/IMG_9517-small.JPG
> http://www.mc2000.be/images/maison/facades/IMG_9524-small.JPG
> Our house is not what I could call a low budget house. I would also 
> like to work on a low budget straw bale house.  But I don't want to 
> sacrifice some important points.
> The house should be :
> - really well insulated
> - airtight
> - using quality materials
> - ...
> I think the best solution is to reduce the surface, simple 
> architecture, put good windows on south (but not too much and not too 
> big because this is very expensive), don't build mezzanine (you loose 
> space), buy second hands material, ...
> What do you mean with sheet calculation ?  Budget, thermic ?
> Regarding BBB, I think it is interesting.  I would like to build one 
> .  It should be coool.
> I know one place built with BB : 
> http://www.gites-ligule.be/sonhistoire-mignault.php
> Guest houses are built under a agriculture building.
> Cheers
> Seb
> On 06/01/13 17:55, Hubert Simons wrote:
>> Hello Sebastien, I read your mail
>> Dear Max and everybody, I'm living in Belgium and would like to add a 
>> comment regarding your remark. I don't think that belgium strawbales 
>> houses are build only for the wealthy folks. I'm personally building 
>> our strawbales house and our architect is really dealing with the 
>> budget. He is working with "normal" people who can afford the medium 
>> price. You have perhaps visited huge houses when you came at the 
>> ESBG. They are not all like this ;-) Here is my opinion about the 
>> strawbale building and building in general. As a professional builder 
>> (insulation, strawbales, earth plaster, ... ). I'm always trying to 
>> find the best solution/product/quality to be able to propose good 
>> material (and also nice ;-) to everybody. I think everybody should be 
>> able to own a healthy lovely house. My goal is of course to target 
>> the main stream. I think In Belgium the main stream is meanly looking 
>> for a house that is not really different of the neighbourhood. We are 
>> not looking for extravangant houses. It means that we also have to 
>> show that this is possible to build a strawbale houses that looks 
>> like a traditional one. When I say we are building with straw the 
>> people are generally thinking we are going to live in a mega organic 
>> house. Our house will be an important reference for my job. That's 
>> why it will look like a traditional house but with some details that 
>> will make the difference anyway. For the next project, I'm thinking 
>> about a low budget strawbale house for (for example) a young couple 
>> and his child(ren) familly... I would like to show it is possible to 
>> build an affordable healthy low energy house. But as André was 
>> writing and saying cheap, quality and quick is not compatible... This 
>> is thus important to take time to do the things in the right way. 
>> Have a nice day (cloudy here probably ;-) Cheers Sebastien Hubert
>> So I have 3 questions
>> 1.Did you build a low budgethouse?
>> 2.Have you a calculation of the house?
>> 3.What do you think about Big Bale Building?     ( Atelier Werner 
>> Schmidt )
>> 4.Is there any BBB in Belgium ( or F, Lux, NL)
>> Thanks for answering
>> Bale on
>> Stroh macht froh
>> Hubert Simons
>> Meigerhof 1
>> 53797 Lohmar
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