"Truly comprehensive and enormously helpful. I wish we'd had this guide when building our Hempcrete homes in Swindon!" - Kevin McCloud "This is an excellent practical guide, with detailed information on how to specify and build with hempcrete to create comfortable buildings with low environmental impact. It shows how hempcrete can take its place as a mainstream method of construction for desiners, contractors and self-builders alike." Jon Broome, author of The Green Self-Build Book The Hempcrete Book is a detailed practical manual for architects, surveyors, professional builders and self-builders. It explains how to source and mix hempcrete and how to use it in new builds and restoration. In colour throughout, fully illustrated with beautiful photographs, this book provides a full explanation of construction techniques, highlighting potential pitfalls and how to avoid them. It includes a comprehensive resources section and examples of completed builds, with design notes. Hempcrete is a building material with excellent properties. It's made from lime and hemp shivs (a waste product from hemp fibre growing) and can be used for walls, floors, and for roof insulation.
Hempcrete is breathable, absorbing and emitting moisture; this helps regulate internal humidity, avoiding trapped moisture and mould growth, and creating healthier buildings. It provides excellent acoustic and thermal insulation and thermal mass. It's light-weight, reducing construction costs, and it's environmentally friendly: it locks up CO2 for the life of the building, and the hemp doesn't require agrochemicals or insecticides in its cultivation. The Hempcrete Book is a valuable tool for any eco-builder.
"Truly comprehensive and enormously helpful. I wish we'd had this guide when building our Hempcrete homes in Swindon!" - Kevin McCloud -- Kevin McCloud
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. 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 take the opportunity to get his hands dirty on the building sites. Beyond the day-job, he is also a freelance writer on natural building.
Foreword by Professor Tom Woolley Introduction Part One: Principles of building with hempcrete 1 History and uses of hemp 2 Hemp in construction 3 An introduction to lime 4 Key concepts in sustainable building 5 Getting the basics right 6 Variations on the hemp-lime mix 7 Performance of hempcrete in a building 8 Tools and equipment 9 Health and safety 10 Planning the build Focus on self-build 1: Agan Chy Part Two: Hempcrete construction 11 The hempcrete wall: an overview 12 Foundations and plinth 13 The structural frame 14 Shuttering 15 Mixing hempcrete 16 Placing hempcrete 17 Floors, ceilings and roof insulation 18 Finishes for hempcrete 19 Practicalities on a hempcrete build 20 Restoration and retrofit Focus on self-build 2: Hemp Lime House Part Three: Designing a hempcrete building 21 Design fundamentals 22 Indicative detailing Focus on self-build 3:Bridge End Cottage 23 A look to the future Resources