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Paperback – 128 pages
8.5 Inches × 11 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 276 Grams
BISAC: HOUSE & HOME / Do-It-Yourself / General
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865718197
Pub. Date: 2016-07-01

About the Author

Chris Magwood

Chris Magwood has designed and built some of the most innovative, sustainable buildings in North America, including the first off-grid, straw bale home in Ontario. He is co-founder and director the Endeavour Centre for Innovative Building and Living and co-editor of the Sustainable Building Essentials series. He has helped hundreds of people work through the process to design their own sustainable home and achieve their dreams. Chris is the author of Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction, Essential Hempcrete Construction, Straw Bale DetailsMore Straw Bale Building, and Making Better Buildings.

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Essential Hempcrete Construction

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

by Chris Magwood



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 data
  • Detail drawings for design reference
  • Tool lists, and complete step-by-step instructions for mixing and placing hempcrete
  • Finishing and maintenance techniques
  • Budgeting and labor estimates
  • Additional resources.
This book is part of the Sustainable Building Essential Series. You can subscribe to the series here to receive sneak peeks, book excerpts and special offers. 

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