St Bernard’s Road, Shirehampton, Bristol.

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

The homes were built to meet stringent scientific and industry standards to ensure they qualify for mortgages and insurance. The 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 pumps; Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems; and rain water harvesting storage tanks.