Hempcrete is a versatile, energy-efficient natural insulation material, useful for walls, roofs and floors. Made from the inner stem of the hemp plant mixed with a lime-based binder, it is a very strong, lightweight and breathable alternative to manufactured insulations. Essential Hempcrete Construction is a fully-illustrated practical guide to this affordable, renewable method, from procurement to finishing.
Going well beyond the scope of many natural building books, this indispensable manual includes a complete introduction to hempcrete, packed with all the information you need to determine whether it's the right choice for your project. It covers:
Material specifications, testing and building code references and climate dataDetail drawings for design referenceTool lists, and complete step-by-step instructions for mixing and placing hempcreteFinishing and maintenance techniques Budgeting and labor estimates Additional resources.
Essential Hempcrete Construction is part of New Society's Sustainable Building Essentials Series. Series editors Chris Magwood and Jen Feigin have scoured the world of sustainable building to bring you the techniques and systems that deliver measureable benefits in terms of greater energy efficiency and reduced environmental impact. Written by the world's leading sustainable builders, designers and engineers, these succinct, user-friendly handbooks are indispensable tools for any project where accurate and reliable information are key to success. Get the Essentials!
Chris Magwood is a sustainable builder and designer specializing in green and natural building techniques, the co-founder and co-director of the Endeavour Centre, and the author of several books on sustainable building includingMaking Better Buildings, More Straw Bale Building, and Straw Bale Details.
1. Material properties and appropriate use - When, where and how the material is best used a. General use parametersb. Specific exclusionsc. Making Better Buildings ratings/charts2. Material specification - How, where and why to select each material element 3. Building code references - Details on testing and engineering parameters matched to current US and Canadian code standards a. Code referencesb. Testing documentationc. Engineer's notes4. Plan drawings - Overall drawings for several approaches, and key detail drawings for meeting specific code and climate goals a. Section/plan for all basic types of installationsb. Specific details for all installations and major intersectionsc. Construction notes5. Tools - List of all required tools6. Construction instructions - Drawings and photos to show the steps involved in working with the material/system in the same approaches treated in the Plan Drawings section a. Follow all installation types shown in drawingsb. Step-by-step instructions with drawings/photos for each7. Budgeting information - Material and labour estimates for each of the approaches illustrated8. Finishes - Drawings and photos to show the steps involved in working with the material/system in several code- and climate-specific ways 9. Maintenance and Renovation - Drawings and photos to assist with future upkeep and alterationsGlossaryList of resources and material suppliersIndex