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No more huffing and puffing, houses of straw are far from fairy tales: in the Vosges, residents will soon be comfortably settled in Europe’s first 8-storey straw bale block untroubled by any Three Piggy wolf at the door.

Sorry Mr Wolf but technology has overtaken the fairy tale, and the three little pigs would be safe as well .. houses in a straw home today
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And as Mike Alexander, our roving nature and gardening correspondent, reports below, one enterprising farmer is literally sewing small houses together with baling twine and giant needles!

According to Le Parisien: “HLM Toit Vosges is completing 26 apartments in Europe’s first ever 8-floor timber and straw apartment block — the Résidence Jules-Ferry at Saint-Die des Vosges, near Strasbourg, due for delivery by Christmas. The company is a specialist in low-cost social housing and says the new technique it is using offers significant all round savings.

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