Ballast Nedam Development launches climate positive Nature House made of straw

Ballast Nedam Development is taking an important step with the Nature House and will develop climate-positive straw-built houses. This is the outcome of a search for a scalable climate-positive house, which started at the end of 2021. Ballast Nedam Development aims to introduce the new normal for living in the Netherlands and unleash a materials transition.
The combination of Strotec, architecten|en|en and Bouwbedrijf Van Herpen has been chosen as the winner of the Natuurhuis competition. The first pilot project will take place in Heeze in the province of Noord-Brabant. Construction of the first Ballast Nedam Development nature house is expected to start in mid-2023.
The climate-positive home is being made accessible to a wider public. The Nature House fulfils the high sustainability ambitions and at the same time focuses on affordability and scalability. By using prefabricated straw panels, it is possible to build on a large scale. The house is more than 95% biobased. Besides straw, a residual product from the agricultural sector, a hole range of other bio-based materials are used. According to Ballast Nedam, this saves a total of 90 tons of CO2.

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