The Hempcrete Book: Designing and Building with Hemp-LimeBK0135
“A Truly comprehensive and enormously helpful book. 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 designers, 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 and fully illustrated with beautiful photographs, this book provides a full explanation of construction techniques, highlighting the 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 which is made from lime and hemp shiv (a waste product from hemp fibre growing). It can be used for walls, floors, and for roof insulation. Best of all Hempcrete is breathable, absorbing and emitting moisture which helps regulate internal humidity, avoiding trapped moisture and mould growth, creating healthier buildings. It also provides excellent acoustic and thermal insulation and thermal mass, is 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 very valuable tool for any eco-builder.
Authors: William Stanwix & Alex Sparrow