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SEDA / A+DS Seminar: Strawbale Construction

Date: Thursday 08th February
Location: The Lighthouse, Gallery 2
Time: 5.45pm

Networking with refreshments on arrival at 5.45pm, presentations from 6.15

Ticket Price £5 (SEDA Members) / £8 (General)

(Image (C) Hawkland Ecological Construction)

In conjunction with the A+DS Materials Library at The Lighthouse, SEDA preseents a night of talks and presentations, looking to introduce the wider Scottish architectural community to the broad range of applications and benefits offered by this ecological building block: the humble straw-bale. As much craft as construction technique, it enables the creation of highly performing, minimal-impact, healthy buildings from a rapidly renewable resource – agricultural “waste” – which our country already possesses in great abundance.

In order to construct holistically sustainable built environments, we must actively consider exactly what we are putting into our buildings and what we look to repair them with; for the benefit of our planet and for people living within these buildings.  This craft is incredibly rewarding to work with and allows the creation of beautiful, sustainable buildings. A healthier and more compassionate beauty, that goes far beyond aesthetics.

The event will present practitioners who have real practical knowledge of strawbale building, from whom you can hear about the current best practice and research, and ask directly about how straw bale can be used in reality. The speakers bring a wealth of knowledge from both England and Scotland, alongside the terrific resource of information in the Materials Library, on which there will be an introduction to their digital archives and how these will be made available for all to use as well as in the building.

Eileen Sutherland (The School of Natural Building)
Sam Foster (Sam Foster Architects)
Richard Atkins (Richard Atkins Architects)
Laura Hainey (A+DS: The Materials Library)

Eileen Sutherland MBA FRSA

Partner and Director of Business Development in Straw Works, and teacher of several courses. Eileen has been involved in establishing the Straw Works School of Natural Building and pioneered the building of the first straw bale property in Bulgaria.

Sam Foster

Principal of Sam Foster Architects, a practice specialising in ecological design and a focus specifically on creating truly green buildings and sustainable spaces.  Sam has worked on a contemporary, detached strawbale house near Southampton.

Richard Atkins RIBA FRIAS

Chartered Architect who designs sustainable buildings, advises clients, government and stakeholders of companies in energy efficiency whilst being a current Director of SEDA. Richard also played a key role in the publication of SEDA’s latest book 100 Sustainable Buildings



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