Category Archives: Ecological design

INNO-THERM / Metisse recycled denim insulation

01 Sep 14
Michelle Gaffaney
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Our straw bale classroom has all kinds of eco-friendly features on top of the straw itself, from non-toxic clay plaster surfaces to low-impact cob reading nooks. Another way we’re reducing the classroom’s impact on the environment is through the floor and ceiling insulation: INNO-THERM/Metisse is a unique insulation material which is made from recycled denim and cotton. It […]

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Adding a green roof to the straw bale classroom

28 Aug 14
Michelle Gaffaney
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The walls are up, and it’s time to add the green roof to our straw bale classroom at Castle Hill School. First the beams go on Then we need to edge the roof It will be a green roof – a living ‘lawn’ of sedum on top of the classroom, so a strong ‘fence’ around the […]

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VIDEO: The classroom so far

11 Aug 14
Michelle Gaffaney
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Take a look at our straw bale classroom in progress! Our wonderful work experience student Autumn has put together this fab video showing the build so far at Castle Hill School. It shows the foundations being dug and built, the straw bale walls going up, and finally the timber roof going on: Of course, there’s […]

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Straw bale compression – finishing off the walls at Castle Hill School

05 Aug 14
Michelle Gaffaney
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The walls are up at Castle Hill School, and we’re preparing to add the roof. Missed the wall-raising? You can read about that here. Meanwhile work has been continuing at a pace. We’ve had a mixed bag with the weather – plenty of swelteringly hot July days, but some rainy ones too, forcing us to […]

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Straw bale walls going up at Castle Hill School

28 Jul 14
Michelle Gaffaney
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The new straw bale classroom at Castle Hill School is progressing well! Since the pupils broke up for the summer holidays, building on-site has been continuing at a fantastic pace, with most of the straw bale walls now in place. We’ve had two different site managers looking after the build. Craig Taylor has managed the site […]

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Build a blossoming walkway

11 Jul 14
Michelle Gaffaney
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Create a peaceful, durable path through your garden with a tree-lined avenue or modern promenade. It will help divide your space into sections and help make wildlife feel at home A beautiful covered walkway In high summer it’s lovely to find somewhere shady and cosy to curl up with a book. A summer house is […]

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