The Hempcrete Book


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Foreword by Professor Tom Woolley Introduction Part One: Principles of building with hempcrete History and uses of hemp Hemp in construction An introduction to lime Key concepts in sustainable building Getting the basics right Variations on the hemp–lime mix Performance of hempcrete in a building Tools and equipment Health and safety Planning the build Focus on self-build 1: Agan Chy Part Two: Hempcrete construction The hempcrete wall: an overview Foundations and plinth The structural frame Shuttering Mixing hempcrete Placing hempcrete Floors, ceilings and roof insulation Finishes for hempcrete Practicalities on a hempcrete build Restoration and retrofit Focus on self-build 2: Hemp Lime House Part Three: Designing a hempcrete building Design fundamentals Indicative detailing Focus on self-build 3: Bridge End Cottage A look to the future Resources

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A comprehensive practical manual for professionals and self-builders, this innovative book explains the many benefits to building with hempcrete.

About the Author

Alex Sparrow works for one of only a handful of companies working with hempcrete in the UK and the only one to work with self-builders. Alex works on the strategic development of the company but still regularly takes the opportunity to get his hands dirty on the building sites. Beyond the day-job, he is also a freelance writer on natural building. William Stanwix is a qualified building surveyor and founder of a growing UK company which specialises in new build and restoration with hempcrete and other natural building materials. Along with ongoing construction projects, Will provides consultancy, technical design and training for people interested in building with hempcrete and other natural building materials.


This book provides clear guidance through its photos, text and sketches on all aspects of building with this ‘deep green’ material and takes our early work forward into the mainstream. It is a must-have for anyone planning to build with hempcrete, whether in renovation or new build projects.
*Ralph Carpenter and Richard Scales, MODECE ARCHITECTS, Suffolk*

The book contains lots of good advice and general good building practice... I would recommend this book to anyone working in the field of sustainable building.
*Ian Pritchett*

Any architect, designer, owner or builder thinking of building in hemp or using lime in their build should obtain this book before they start.
*The Owner Builder*

Eco-friendly and sustainability issues are now a key element in the design process and the authors of this publication proudly affirm that Hempcrete buildings can provide affordable, healthy, energy-efficient and sustainable accommodation.
*Building Engineer*

They have a great knowledge of their favourite product, which they willingly share here with those eager to embrace this relatively new wonder product whose origins date to ancient times.
*Self Build & Design Magazine*

Truly comprehensive and enormously helpful. I wish we’d had this guide when building our Hempcrete homes in Swindon!
*Kevin McCloud*

If you are interested in learning more about using living materials for construction and how to use hempcrete for your upcoming projects or tests, I encourage you to get this book today. It is by far, the most detailed version on the market and completely easy to understand.

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