What’s new with HLS

Here’s a video taken by Will Stanwix of spraying a load-bearing straw bale building in Cheshire in May 2024. One spray machine sprayed hempcrete onto the outside of the bales to protect them and make a better surface for the render to go onto. A second machine was spraying the inside of the building with clay slip. The clay slip is applied to the straw as an intermediate layer to help the final clay plaster stick to the bales. Once they had finished covering the inside of the building with clay slip they sprayed a mixture of clay and hemp around the windows and in the bigger voids to smooth out the walls ready for plastering. The clay was all mined on site and run through Will’s roller pan mixer. This was a fantastic few days at work!

You can see the most notable buildings I’ve been involved with and more projects, showing a selection of the sites I have worked on – proving how versatile hempcrete is for a wide variety of building projects.

Here’s a great video of a hempcrete build that I hired the shutters and mixer for.

A while back I wrote an article about using hempcrete as a sustainable building material. You can read the online version at https://www.innovationnewsnetwork.com/why-hemp-should-be-used-as-a-sustainable-building-material/6022/

We’ve just added a description and video of the hempcreting work we carried out to renovate a traditional Norfolk farmhouse in 2020. This video features the technique of spraying using a laser as a guide.

My latest post discusses the advantages of using hempcrete in the restoration and conservation of older buildings.

One of our featured buildings pages shows the restoration of a fifteenth century timber-framed house in Essex, detailing the process and using photos and video to illustrate how we work.

timber framed building restoration with hempcrete

We now have a detailed step-by-step guide to building a small hempcrete garden studio or office. You can see the progress so far on building the base, walls and roof, plus how I got around the problem of plastering the back wall so close to the fence line.

On Instagram you can follow the ongoing progress of two of the projects we have been involved with.

Have a look at https://www.instagram.com/old_threshing_barn/ to see the conversion of an old brick threshing barn in Norfolk into a family home.

In 2021 we worked on this site, https://www.instagram.com/our_old_barn/ spraying hempcrete panels between the timbers of an ancient grade II listed barn in West Sussex.

One Comment on “What’s new with HLS

  1. Thanks Graham for the very informative day yesterday at Levenshulme. I spoke to you about building a ‘shed’ on my allotment to replace the current dilapidated one which is about 5m x 3.5m. Would like to progress in the summer so please add me to any mailing list you have

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