15 August 2016
Did you know that each year, 6 billion hectors of cereal is cultivated, but only 5% of the waste straw is used? Did you know that in France and Germany there are buildings of up to 9 stories, made using straw bales that have many properties like insulation? And that homes have been made with these blocks for more than 100 years?
These are just some of the questions that the Okambuva collective put on the table yesterday afternoon, in a workshop about bio-construction that took place in the dome area of PachaMama. They set out a list of different building materials like straw, branches, canes (that are very abundant in Albufera de Valencia), hemp or the cellulose extracted from recycling paper, which can be utilised to construct sustainable and healthy homes. Natural and local materials as an alternative to concrete, which, as mentioned by Okambuva, “don’t conflict with the concepts of modern civilisation”.