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BRE IP14/11

2011 Edition, November 1, 2011

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HEMP LIME An introduction to low-impact building materials

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Product Details:

  • Revision: 2011 Edition, November 1, 2011
  • Published Date: November 2011
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: Building Research Establishment (BRE)
  • Page Count: 6
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

Description / Abstract:

This Information Paper provides a broad view of the benefits and limitations of non-loadbearing hemp lime walls for those considering their use in construction projects.

Hemp lime is a low-carbon building material with good insulation properties and robustness. It is particularly suited to projects where the design calls for a rendered or rain-screened external finish, good insulation and minimal thermal bridges. It is most commonly used in conjunction with timber frames, but can act as a non-structural walling element for a variety of construction types, including lining masonry walls.

This is one in a series of five Information Papers and parallel case studies on low-impact building materials. The others cover straw bale, unfired clay masonry, cross-laminated timber and natural fibre insulation.