ModCell® Research

ModCell® is four years into an extensive five year programme of development supported by funding from dBERR (formerly the DTi), Carbon Connections, the Technology Strategy Board and the European Commisson Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI)

The research work has already confirmed ModCell®and BaleHaus® can perform to, and exceed, the standards required in mainstream construction.

'The UK has a target to reduce carbon emissions from buildings by 80% by 2050. A large part of this cut will need to come from a reduction of CO2 generated by space heating. Insulating materials such as those being developed by the BaleHaus® project will be key enabling technologies in meeting this target. This project demonstrates how UK manufacturing is coming together with the construction industry to develop innovative, high value products that address the challenges of climate change.'

Neil Morgan, Lead Technologist for Manufacturing and Project Manager of the low impact building 'Retrofit for the Future' Programme.

Key to images:

Image 1:
Straw bale tested for moisture content
Images 2 - 7:
Fire testing of panel -read more
Image 8:
Acoustic testing of panel
Image 9:
Stress testing of timber
Images 10 - 11:
Moisture sensors installed into panels
Images 12 - 21:
Huricane testing of BaleHaus and supersized panel - read more
Images 22 - 24:
Airtighness testing of the BaleHaus - read more
Image 25:
Visualisation showing amount of Carbon Dioxide sequesterd in a 3m x 3.2m panel (1400kg)

Current and previous research partners:

University of Bath

Integral Engineering Design
White Design

Wilmott Dixon
Centre for Window Cladding Technologies