University researchers in England have built a house made of straw and hemp in a bid to find the buildings of the future.

Architects and reserchers at the University of Bath have built a two-storey house of prefabricated straw bale and hemp cladding panels, held together with a wooden frame.

The project could represent the future of modern house building made from renewable materials straw and hemp. The materials also absorb CO2 as they grow, resulting in a negligable carbon footprint for the building.

Curently building construction contributes to almost 20% of the UK’s total carbon footprint, which makes switching to more materials of this nature a greener option.