Omer Saatcioglu from University of Bath is speaking at the BSBG

Really pleased to have Omer presenting the excellent research work from the University of Bath – The lecturer will give information about a load-bearing straw-bale wall assembly which aims to be an economical alternative for the countries where timber is a limited natural source.

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Name:

N.Omer Saatcıoğlu

Organisation:

University of Bath

Lecture title:

Re-Reading Straw Bale  

Brief description:

The lecture will be subjected to the summary of an ongoing research project at the University of Bath about the straw-bale construction. The lecturer will give information about a load-bearing straw-bale wall assembly which aims to be an economical alternative for the countries where timber is a limited natural source.

 

Speaker Bio:

Saatcioglu is a “Visiting Research Fellow” in “Center for Innovative Construction Materials (BRE CICM)” at Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering in “University of Bath” and currently been employed as an “Assistant Professor Dr.” at “Istanbul Kultur University”. His major research interests include “Straw Bale Design”, “Green Building Systems and Technologies” and “Simplicity and Complexity in Architecture”.

Saatcioglu has taken an active role, as an architect, in the process of designing and constructing Turkey’s first load-bearing straw-bale building. Under the organization of Turkish Wheat Association, design and construction processes were completed as a demonstration project for the public to visit. At the same time, straw-bale construction and green architecture lectures were given by him to the volunteers and the public. Saatcioglu has several papers, proceedings and two international patent pending applications about straw-bale construction.

Rae Parkinson is teaching clay plastering!

The wonderfully talented, Rae Parkinson, is teaching a clay plastering workshop at the Big Straw Bale Gathering! 

All workshops and talks and included in the ticket price – so get your ticket now here! 

Workshop Synopsis:
Learn the preparation of straw walls for plastering, application of clay slip and body coat. Plus some tips and tricks from a decade of experience!
Rae’s bio:
Rae discovered the world of natural building in 2007 and trained as a ‘Straw Bale Building Ambassador’ with Amazon Nails in 2008. Since then she has continued to work closely with Barbara Jones in amazonails, Straw Works and The School of Natural Building, as a practitioner and a trainer. Rae claims her first forays into natural plastering brought her back from the edge of global despair and is a great believer in the therapeutic benefits of clay and lime plastering.

BSBG Workshop – Will Stanwix – Making Clay Straw Blocks

Will Stanwix, co-author of ‘The Hempcrete Book: Designing and building with hemp-lime’ will be running a workshop at the Big Straw Bale Gathering teaching you how to create you own clay straw blocks. Learn about how to vary the mix to create insulating blocks or mass blocks and how to lay them. 

The practical workshops are a massive part of the Big Straw Bale Gathering. A chance for you to learn the hands on skills necessary to build your own home, or brush up on some of the latest techniques.

Workshops are included in the ticket price, and will require signing up on the morning of the workshop (Don’t worry there will be plenty of sessions!).

Tickets are selling fast, so get your tickets here now! 

BSBG Workshop – Hawkland – Intro to building with bales

The practical workshops are a massive part of the Big Straw Bale Gathering. A chance for you to learn the hands on skills necessary to build your own home, or brush up on some of the latest techniques.

Workshops are included in the ticket price, and will require signing up on the morning of the workshop (Don’t worry there will be plenty of sessions!).

First workshop up is:

Intro To Bale Building

From resizing a bale to notching a post. Build a complete wall, straighten and prep for plaster. Prefect Beginner session.

Workshop led by: Hawkland Ecological Building

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Keynote speakers – Ed & Rowena Waghorn

We are so pleased to add Ed and Rowena Waghorn as keynote speakers for the Big Straw Bale Gathering. Their Episode of Grand Designs, which took over 10 years to complete, is a work of art. We are delighted they are coming to share their views on building a home.

Name:  Ed and Rowena Waghorn
Talk Title:  Building a home – enjoying the circuitous route
Brief description :  We will concentrate the talk on how we are taking our time and being resourceful with what is around us and how we make building our home part and parcel of our family life.

Emma Appleton – Speaker at the BSBG

Emma Appleton speaker at the BSBG

We are so pleased to announce Emma Appleton’s talk at the Big Straw Bale Gathering.  Emma is a very talented straw bale builder and heritage woodworker. Warm, bright and just enough is her design mantra.

Tickets are on sale now for the reduced price (thanks to European funding) of £75. Get yours now!

Name: Emma Appleton

Organisation: Emma Appleton

Lecture title: How can our businesses be anti-capitalist? And is that even possible?

Brief description:

A discussion that tackles the way natural building (and the small businesses that have built up within it) can be, and are, a part of this surge to create something new and outside of patriarchal capitalism. We will explore ways we can  transform our relationships to money, work, the earth, and our bodies that further challenge the status quo. And try to determine what can we do to push the boundaries that will tip the balance towards a community minded economy?

Speaker Bio:

Hello. My name is Emma Appleton. I am a builder and community facilitator.

I build houses and community buildings which are warm, bright and just enough. I am inspired by buildings that have a simple beauty and work just perfectly for their owner. The ease of functionality of a space has an inherent attractiveness. Warm, bright and just enough is my design mantra to help me focus on the things that really matter.

I am a trained carpenter and joiner I specialised in Heritage woodwork following an apprenticeship with the Princes Foundation. It is inspiring to work on buildings that tell stories of their history. I was taught by an incredible master craftsperson who leaves a relief of a lion’s head cast in lead in each of his projects for craftspeople of the future to discover as their complete their own repairs.

James Shorten from Regenerative Settlement Trust

james_shorten speaker at BSBG

We are incredibly pleased to add James Shorten to our massive list of speakers for the Big Straw Bale Gathering. James was the main author on the Welsh Government’s One Planet Development guidance. He is a planning expert and will be talking about regenerative settlements.

James is part of an all star natural building lineup giving talks and presenting workshops a the Big Straw Bale Gathering – Get your tickets from the online store now! 

Name: James Shorten
Organisation: Regenerative Settlement Trust
Lecture title: Regenerative Settlement – A New Paradigm For Planning and Eco- Development
Brief description:
Regenerative Settlement is a new way of thinking about development – that development can make things better, not worse, which is what is generally assumed. Nearly 30 years of planning work have led to the formulation of this recipe for sustainable communities which also ticks the planning boxes. An introduction to the concept, our live projects (including a 100 house ecovillage).

Speaker bio: Planner with 25+ years of experience in Low Impact Development. Main author of the Welsh Government’s One Planet Development Guidance. Runs Geo, a consultancy specialising in sustainable rural development projects, large and small.

Peter Beresford and Henrik Saarinen speaking at the BSBG

We are very pleased to add Peter Beresford and Henrik Saarinen from Structural Solutions to the lineup for The Big Straw Bale Gathering. Structural Solutions were the engineers for the Down To Earth Roundhouse that is our venue for the weekend. Their tag team talk is entitled : ‘Structural considerations in straw-bale construction including foundations, stability, framing, floors and roofs.’ 

Get your tickets now for the newly reduced price of £75 at our online store.

Name:

Peter Beresford and Henrik Saarinen

Organisation:

Structural Solutions Management Ltd. Bristol.

Lecture title:

Engineering Aspects of Straw Buildings

Brief description:

Structural considerations in straw-bale construction including foundations, stability, framing, floors and roofs.

Speaker bio:

Peter Beresford BSc CEng MIStructE (Director)

Peter graduated from Bristol  University in Civil Engineering and joined Buro Happold for 8 years, gaining experience in the design of steel and concrete structures, in the UK and the Middle East, before starting Structural Solutions 23 years ago. Since then he has been engineering smaller but equally exciting buildings; using a broader range of materials, including straw, timber, masonry, glass, steel and concrete; for a variety of clients, from self-builders to property developers.

 

Henrik Saarinen MEng (Hons) CEng MIStructE (Senior Engineer)

Henrik graduated in 2012 with a First Class degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Bath. He  has already gained a broad experience of projects ranging from a few thousand pounds to tens of millions, in the residential, commercial and educational sectors. He is interested in balancing structural efficiency and the practicalities of construction. Henrik joined Structural Solutions two years ago and has been responsible for the engineering design of Down to Earth’s new residential building, as well as a number of straw-bale and reciprocal roof roundhouse projects.

The Big Straw Bale Gathering Speakers List is out!

The majority of our speakers for the Big Straw Bale Gathering are below. We still have a few special guests in the pipeline which will be announced as they are confirmed.

As you can see we have a broad spectrum of speakers lined up, speaking on a wide range of topics.

Get your tickets now / Find out more about the Big Straw Bale Gathering

 

 

Speakers


Barbara Jones

School Of Natural Building

Straw Trek: The Next Generation – A journey through time and spaces


Judith Thornton

Aberystwyth University

What’s in a bale and why it matters


Peter Shubert

Capital [A] Architects

Straw and other regrowing building materials for multi storey housing constructions.


Craig White

Modcell / White Design

We Can Make – Affordable Homes Renewable Materials


Emma Appleton

emmaappleton.co.uk

How can our businesses be anti-capitalist? And is that even possible?


Chris Vernon

One Planet Council

One Planet Development: an opportunity for straw


Paul Jennings

Criafolen Permaculture

Permaculture Design: Survival and Beyond Sustainability


Peter Beresford & Henrik Saarinen

Structural Solutions

Lecture Title TBC


Pete Walker

Bath University

Lecture title TBC


5 for 5

Open to all BSBG Attendees 

5 photos in 5 minutes – Have you done something you want to share, have an idea or problem in your build you want to discuss? Here is your chance to show your 5 slides, in 5 minutes.  

Tickets - Big Straw Bale Gathering 2018

SBUK are proud to present the inaugural ‘Big Straw Bale Gathering’ – a gathering to discuss and learn straw bale construction and share the latest and best thinking within the industry.

 

Paul Jennings is speaking at the Big Straw Bale Gathering

Name: Paul Jennings

Organisation: Criafolen Permaculture

Lecture title: Permaculture Design for Builders

Brief description: Permaculture design offers a whole site and beyond basis for builders looking to fit their projects sensitively and sustainably into the landscape and community. This lecture will provide a brief look at the application of Permaculture to building, site and settlement design.

Paul’s Bio:

Having trained as an academic in Modern History, I realised that I’d be much happier growing lettuces than working in a university. Thanks to a well placed Permaculture course or two, I moved into organic agriculture and worked for a number of vegetable growing operations and organic gardens over more than a decade. In that time I also built with my partner Sarah my first straw bale house, a very low tech place, and I achieved my Diploma in Permaculture Design.

We moved to  France in search of land in 2007, and spent 6 years building in stone and slate,  and bringing a mountain farm back to life. One Planet Development brought us to Wales in 2013, and we now live in our second straw bale dwelling, a little bit of an upgrade on the first one, but still built with an eye wateringly low budget. We’re developing our project, Criafolen, as a Permaculture teaching and demonstration site, working on a range of crafts and growing plans. I write  fiction, non-fiction, teach Permaculture whenever I am invited to do so, and can be hired out at a very reasonable rate for Permaculture consultancy.