The Hempcrete Book

Designing and building with hemp-lime

Co-written by UK Hempcrete director Alex Sparrow, this book was published in October 2014 and has been widely acknowledged as the definitive guide to this extraordinary “better-than-zero-carbon” natural construction material.

Its 3 sections

  • Background information and key concepts to understand
  • Complete practical construction manual
  • Design and detailing for building designers

provide architects, contractors and self-builders with everything they need to know to get started building with hempcrete.

You can download sample pages from the book, or

BUY the book from online sellers:  UK    USA    CA    AUS    NZ

Customers worldwide can also purchase the book from the publisher’s website.

What our readers said about The Hempcrete Book: Designing and building with hemp-lime:

Truly comprehensive and enormously helpful. I wish we’d had this guide when building our Hempcrete homes in Swindon!

Kevin McCloud

Will and Alex don’t shy away from problems, but counter them with clear, practical advice on how to achieve good quality results. The book contains lots of good advice and general good building practice in other areas as well as hemp-lime. I certainly learned a lot and I would recommend this book to anyone working in the field of sustainable building.

Ian Pritchett, in The Building Limes Forum newsletter

Reader reviews from

Not only is it extremely well written with a nice flowing easy style, it is exceptionally well researched, thought out and laid out…If you are contemplating your own Hempcrete project this is essential reading and has already stopped me making a potentially expensive mistake on my build.

It is lovely to have the book on Hempcrete written by people working with the material/technology day-in day-out… I greatly enjoyed the abundance of good photos and hand sketches that illustrate the issues described.

For anyone who wants to know all about hempcrete, this book provides a very articulate, crystal clear, and critical view of the process from A to Z. It is THE hempcrete book.

If you are at all interested in alternative building practices and the possibility of incorporating hemp/lime in your life, building or business I would recommend that you consider adding this book to your tools.

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