UK's 1st Straw bale houses now for sale

The first straw bale house available for sale, on the open market in the UK and possibly the world, are now available to buy!

Below is a news article provided by the 'Bristol Post' about these homes.

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'The UK's first straw bale homes go on sale in Bristol'.

House hunters huufed and puffed, not to blow straw houses down, but to try and get their hands on them. The Uk's first straw bale homes being sold commercially went on dosplay for the first time on Saturday.

And the sustainable and fuel-efficient homes have proved so popular that sealed bids are being taken to buy them.

The seven homes is St Bernard's Road, Shirehampton, reduce heating bills by around 90 per cent and are being marketed at £220,00 for two bed houses and £235,000 for four beds.

Their uniquie design has been given both scientific and industry approval, meaning for the first time buyers can get mortgages for them and they are insurable.

Developer, Martin Connolly, said "We received more than 300 enquiries and because demand for seven homes may outstrip supply, we decided to receive sealed bids. We have shown there is a hunger for affordable, fuel-efficient homes using straw, a natural home-grown sustainable bulding material. The public have values-led housing - and value for money."

The straw bale houses were built in just nine days, due to Bristol-based compnay ModCell's unique design of prefabricated straw bales sandwiched between timber framse, which slot together on-site.

The Fist couple put in an offer were Kevin and Belinda Beese (in image 1 above), who live nearby and had been looking for a new build for them and their teenage daughter.

When the pair, both aged 48, heard about they were straw bales houses they wanted one. School receptionist Belinda said: "New houses like this don't come up very often in the area and so we wanted to have a look. As soon as we released they were bale houses, we put our house on the market and it sold within one day.

"Since then we have just been waiting to put a deposit on – we even thought about camping out so we could be the first here on Saturday morning. "It would be unbelievable to get our hands on one of the houses. For us it is amazing."

Mr Connolly's company, Connolly and Callaghan, is hoping to build 49 more straw homes in nearby Ermine Way. Thanks to economies of scale, the next development will be cheaper, and have communal features including a common house and allotments in perpetuity," he said.

"We want to work with local authorities or landowners in a more co-operative way to deliver affordable community-led housing.
"If every link in the housing chain worked together, we could build homes differently - better and cheaper."

Manjit Kaur, regional sales manager of Spicer Haart land and new homes, said:
"We have had so much interest - far more than we would expect on houses in this area due to the fact that they are straw bale and brand new."

The homes have been tested in simulated floods, fires and hurricane-force winds by the University of Bath.

Straw absorbs and stores carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it grows.

The UK already produces 7 million tonnes of straw as a by-product of growing wheat; a quarter is used for animal bedding.

The ModCell design of straw bale homes bank more carbon than is emitted in making them.

The houses include rainwater harvesting provisions, LED lights, solar panels and an air-source heat pump to reduce bills further.'