As part of ModCell's® ongoing research programme we have built a two storey BaleHaus® on the campus of the University of Bath. The project is known as the BaleHaus@Bath.

The construction programme commenced on the 16th of June 2009 and was completed in September 2009.

The research will concentrate on a number of key area's including:

  • Thermal performance
  • Acoustics
  • Air tightness
  • Relative Humidity


The building has been fitted with the latest testing technologies to monitor all aspects of the buildings performance.

At the end of the project the buidling will be dismantled and relocated to another site.

The ModCell® panels being used on the first floor of the building were previously used as the ground floor of 'The House That Kevin Built', THTKB.  We are delighted that they have found a new home at the University of Bath.

'The unique combination of high energy efficiency, use of renewable materials, and the ability to capture and store carbon in the structure, that Balehaus® offers are a very exciting prospect for the market. That’s why the Technology Strategy Board has supported the development of both Modcell® and Balehaus® as products with significant potential to reduce the environmental footprint of buildings'.

Iain Gray
Chief Executive
Technology Strategy Board

 BaleHaus@Bath Videos

Find out more about BaleHaus

Visit BaleHaus at the University of Bath's website


“We won’t get to an ultra-low-carbon built environment simply by improving on the performance of the same old construction techniques. We need a lot more genuinely disruptive innovation. The BaleHaus (incorporating specially designed straw or hemp bales) certainly hits that button, and could play an important part in enabling house builders (both big and small) to meet their carbon targets, stay profitable and provide people with the quality, style and comfort they’re looking for.”

Jonathon Porritt
Founder Director
Forum for the Future

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Example of Ground Floor Plan



Example of First Floor Plan