Jules Ferry Residence – Straw Bale Panels

Jules Ferry Residence Illustration (Courtesy of Le Toit Vosgien)LE TOIT VOSGIEN

Jules Ferry Residence Illustration (Courtesy of Le Toit Vosgien)

By Jeff Ruppert

The Jules Ferry Residence is an urban housing development in Saint-Die-des-Vosges, France that incorporates pre-fabricated straw bale walls and many other highly sustainable features. The project is a comprehensive approach to sustainable urban lifestyles through conscious planning and design. The buildings themselves are carbon positive and energy net-zero, supplying high-density living space at a huge reduction in operating costs, compared to other housing choices in the surrounding city.

Jules Ferry is built on a 2,500 m2 (0.62 acres) site of a former school playground. It is tightly integrated with the existing urban fabric of Saint-Die-des-Vosges. There are 19 units in Building A, and seven units in Building B offering both T3 (76 m2 or 760 sf) and T4 (90 m2 or 900 sf) sized units. Each building is designed around a central “sheath” that houses all of the mechanical fluid systems (heating, hot water and air exchange).

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