Studio Bio Case Study: North Yorkshire Radical Retrofit

Illingworths Barn is an extensive renovation of a 18th century Yorkshire stone barn. Natural materials have been prioritised throughout the design of this project. The pine king-post roof trusses have been left exposed in the existing building, and a new Douglas fir in-the-round column and glulam beam structure is used in the new glazed extension.

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Hempcrete Blocks: New load-bearing system available

load-bearing hempcrete blocks

What’s new in Hempcrete Blocks? It was really interesting to see IsoHemp’s new Hempro loadbearing system for hempcrete block walls under construction on site last month. The new system consists of normal hempcrete blocks that have been adapted to allow the casting of a reinforced concrete frame inside the hempcrete wall as the building goes […]

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Ecobuild 2017, ASBP and Build It Live North West

Hempcrete Blocks HCB Ecobuild 2017

Show Season Ecobuild 2017 With a busier-than-ever year ahead of us, UK Hempcrete is currently in the thick of the show season. If you missed us at ASBP ‘Healthy Buildings’ conference, and Build It Live North West, catch us at Ecobuild (7-9 March).  We’ll be casting hempcrete into a timber frame and showing our pre-cast […]

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Hempcrete Holiday in the Alps anyone?

Free food, and accommodation in the beautiful French Alps in exchange for your work casting hempcrete in a new build Alpine chalet. Summer’s (nearly) here… and the hempcrete season has begun! We’re posting this for some clients of ours who are self-building a timber frame and hempcrete chalet near Chamonix in the French Alps. They […]

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We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us… (Part 2)

Part 2 of our blog post comparing natural and synthetic insulation materials… “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us…” Winston Churchill (1874-1965) In Part 1 of this blog article I looked at the problems inherent in trying to reduce carbon emissions in the built environment by using huge amounts of synthetic materials to insulate […]

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Hempcrete: Essential tips for the beginner

Hemp-LimeConstruct director Alex Sparrow has recently written an informative article full of key “dos and don’ts” for the first time hempcrete builder. The article appears in the recently resurrected quarterly The Last Straw: International Journal of Straw Bale and Natural Building. Part 1 of Alex’s article appeared in the July 2014 issue (TLS64) and the […]

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