Craig White is giving a talk at The Big Straw Bale Gathering

We are delighted to add Craig White to the lineup for The Big Straw Bale Gathering.

Name: Craig White

Company: White Design, ModCell

Talk Title: We Can Make – Affordable Homes Renewable Materials

Talk description: In a world where an affordable home is the oxymoron of our time and the
property ladder has no rungs, we need new forms of housing models. We Can Make is a new housing initiative that supports communities to create the homes they want and need. Knowle West Media Centre, White Design and ModCell have brought together Knowle West residents, artists, academics,
designers, architects, lawyers and policy makers to develop a sustainable, affordable housing platform that will deliver 350, 1 and 2 bedroom homes using a unique disaggregated community land trust model.

Speakers Bio

Developer, architect and renewable material entrepreneur, Craig synthesises a number of roles to help deliver sustainable outcomes in the built environment. Craig is currently leading work on a new model of prefabricated, community-led and financed affordable housing to meet the housing crisis challenge using carbon-banking renewable materials. A core focus of Craig’s work is how research-led innovation delivers commercial impact and sustainable outcomes in practice. Craig has a proven passion and pragmatism for delivering innovative, affordable and sustainable design for a better-built environment as well as a thorough understanding of the triple bottom line of social, economic and environmental measures that must be considered to effect change. Expertise in low carbon design that spans embodied and operational emissions, prefabricated systems design and engineering as well as the individual, community and societal behaviours that can drive change for a better designed and more sustainable built environment.

Working in practice for clients in the private and public sectors across commercial, education, housing and community sectors Craig’s work is informed by award winning practice and innovative research to ensure that client’s needs are met with leading edge thinking and its practical application. Systems Thinking underpins Craig’s approach to his work and how its application optimises benefits in reducing environmental impact while maximising societal, economic and environmental outcomes in an interdependent and interconnected world. An experienced leader and company director in the private sector with non-executive director roles and board level experience for organisations in the design, construction, charity, research and arts sectors. An excellent communicator and public speaker able to present complex issues simply, eloquently and relevantly to a wide variety of stakeholder audiences. Experience of delivering sustainable, community-led prefabricated housing developments through effective stakeholder engagement and clear outcome focussed processes.


SBUK Members Adult Ticket - Big Straw Bale Gathering

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1 SBUK Member - Adult ticket for The Big Straw Bale Gathering 2018*

*You must be an SBUK member to purchase this ticket. SBUK membership is available here.

Down To Earth - Swansea, SA3 1ED, UK
10th, 11th & 12th August 2018

Included in Ticket Price
  • Conference talks from leading professionals
  • Practical workshops
  • Kids entertainment
  • Welcome evening event with drinks available (Friday 10th from 7pm)

Optional - Choose to include 3 locally sourced organic meals (Saturday Lunch, Saturday Eve, Sunday Lunch)

Not included

  • Camping / Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Extra family excursions provided by Down To Earth (coastering, hikes etc)

* Site open 6pm Friday 10th - 5pm Sunday 12th. Camping is available locally for £15-20 per night - A lovely new accommodation block should be finished in time for the BSBG but can't take bookings until it's complete, so stay tuned. Site postcode is SA3 1ED. Down to Earth is offering excursions at an extra price, full details and booking available closer to the event (approx price = £35 half day / £55 full day)

Theme: Sowing the inspiration, Growing the industry & Harvesting the knowledge

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.

Held at Down To Earth’s beautiful strawbale roundhouse in South Wales, . The weekend will feature talks, discussions and hands on workshops, for all levels, led by the UK’s best natural builders and leading associated professionals. So come down and get excited about building with straw, learn some new techniques or get stuck into the geeky technical stuff.

When you are full of knowledge you can relax with great local organic food, music, dancing, yoga, ‘Strawbale Ale’, children’s activities and a host of extra curricular events ranging from walks to canyoneering on the beautiful Gower peninsula!

The Big Straw Bale Gathering will collect up everyone with an interest in straw bale building in the UK. No matter what level you are engaging with straw bale construction, there will be lots to learn at the BSBG.

Jeffrey Hart - Events Director - SBUK

StrawBale Building UK - SBUK - is a Community Benefit Society, formed in 2016 with the aim: To promote straw bale building and best practice within the sector.

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