St Bernard’s Road, Shirehampton, Bristol.

The seven houses in St Bernard’s Road in Shirehampton, Bristol, built by Sustainable Britain Ltd (SBL) made history as the world’s first development of commercially available straw Eco-homes using prefabricated Modcell® straw bale panels.

The homes were built to meet stringent scientific and industry standards to ensure they qualify for mortgages and insurance. The Modcell®panels are clad with red brick, to ensure the houses complement existing properties in Shirehampton.

The properties consist of five 3-4 bedroom houses, and two with two bedrooms. Each comes with 2.2kw of Photo Voltaic, Airsource heat pump; Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems; and Rain Water Harvesting storage tanks.