From Christine Durand, our correspondent in France, who has turned us on to much good material:
Bonjour Lloyd !
The oldest known straw bale house in Europe is for sale !
The ”Maison Feuillette” was built in 1921 by Feuillette, an engineer who was looking for solutions to construction problems.
The house – still inhabited and perfectly preserved – is acknowledged globally as a unique, innovative and exemplary building:
-timber frame structure with straw bale infill
– modular construction, lending to pre-fabrication
-use of varying local materials.
Despite certain features of its era (single glazing in particular), the house presents energy efficiency standards equivalent to the 2005 french ones!
All good reasons why the RFCP (French straw bale building network) launched an international campaign to save the house. ”This building proves the durability of straw bale construction and it is a precious tool to give weight to recent straw bale construction building code’,” the network says.
No doubt about that!