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Byron Bay Hinterland

By Ben Convery | Fri 15th Jan 2016 15:51pm

Australian Hemp Masonry Company has now supplied materials into 42 builds across the country. Check out this recent build ready to be externally rendered with AHMC’s hemp lime render.

This artist’s studio at Wilson’s Creek in the Byron Hinterland was designed by Michael Leung and constructed by Luke Wrencher and Ture Schmidt from Balanced Earth Hardwood timbers have been combined with the hemp walls and Japanese screens to create a light, comfortable, airy natural space that invites in the surrounding landscape.

Marrickville Hemp Build

By Ben Convery | Sun 13th Dec 2015 13:51pm

This build won Marrickville’s Council’s Sustainable Building Award in 2016. Designed  by Tracy Graham from Connected Design the Marrickville hempcrete house is an alteration addition to an existing single storey semi detached house in Sydney.  Acoustic requirements for aircraft noise and a shared chimney made this a challenging project.

The designer wanted to achieve the right solution that did not compromise thermal performance or the aesthetic of the project. She describes it as an incredible collaborative process with a dedicated builder with a great eye for detail.

Whilst complying with acoustics they managed to create a building that will not only have good acoustics, but will provide incredible thermal performance with over R5.6 insulation in the roof and R2.85 in the walls. Hempcrete has been used in both the walls and the roof.

The owners moved in at the end of November 2015 and have experienced temperatures of 27 degrees internally when externally the temperature hit 40 degrees.

Builder  Nick Sowden



Hemp renovation Sydney NSW

By Ben Convery | Sun 13th Dec 2015 01:27am

The walls were a mixture of Hemp, lime binder, sand and water and the ceilings were a mix of Hemp, lime binder and water being a much ‘fluffier’ mix as we were after a high insulation value as well as good acoustic performance as the home is under a flightpath.

Sowden Building Solutions is a fully licensed company focusing on renovations and alterations in Sydney’s Inner West. With an emphasis on Victorian and Federation homes, the designs we work with are uniquely sympathetic to these eras.

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Northern Rivers Hemp Cabin

By Ben Convery | Thu 12th Nov 2015 15:47pm

This 48 sqm Hemp cabin in Tintenbar in the Byron Hinterland was an owner builder project. The basic hemp wall installation was completed over 6 days, with 2 days spent setting up and moving the formwork and the remaining 4 days spent packing and tamping the hemp lime material into the forms.

The exterior walls are rendered with AHMC’s Hemp lime render tinted with mineral oxides and the internal off form walls, have been sealed with a clear breathable sealant. In the Northern Rivers’ climate where we have good drying days, renders and other natural finishes can be applied 4 weeks after the hemp walls have been installed.

Northern NSW Hemp House

By Ben Convery | Tue 20th Oct 2015 16:18pm

About 18 months ago I posted some 3D pictures of a studio I had designed with the help of Barefoot Jaye. We are now 90% there with building it! We still have all the finishing bits and pieces like painting and sealing etc, but super happy with the amazing work done by Nicholas, Minna and their team Cyrano, Jon, Ananda, Christof and everyone else who helped along the way, especially Klara from The Australian Hemp Masonry Company Original Post:

Bateman’s Bay – Hemp Cottage

By Ben Convery | Mon 12th Oct 2015 16:12pm

This beautiful hemp cottage in Bateman’s Bay on the NSW South Coast is an owner build which has taken shape over a couple of years. One of the great things about building with hemp is that it is lighter than most masonry materials and really manageable for women to work with, as in this case, as well as for men. — in Batemans Bay, New South Wales.

Mullumbimby Hemp House

By Ben Convery | Fri 12th Jun 2015 23:39pm

Some preview photos of a beautiful solar passive hemp masonry home in Mullumbimby, in the NSW Northern Rivers that’s nearing completion.

The home features varying finishes both internally and externally. Some internal walls remain unrendered and will be sealed with a clear breathable sealant.   Other internal walls are rendered on the lower half of the wall with the render finishing in an undulating line. Plasterboard is also used internally on a few surfaces to create some really light spaces.

The home aims to achieve sustainability in multiple ways. The north facing orientation is ideal for maximising the potential of solar PV and Solar Hot Water and natural ventilation combined with the thermally efficient hemp lime building envelope has created a really comfortable thermally effective living space.

The home also demonstrates some lateral thinking when it comes to building efficiently for a young family. It’s quite a small build which provides ample room for the young family. An additional small self contained guesthouse is planned adjacent to the main home which will become a third bedroom as the family’s two young children become teenagers.


Culburra Beach Hemp House

By Ben Convery | Tue 17th Feb 2015 23:04pm

Hemp house at Culburra Beach, NSW completed in 2014 using Australian Hemp Masonry materials. The build was carried out by Kirstie and Ben as owner builders. The excavation, concrete slab, frame and frame erection, roof and plumbing and electrical were contracted out and Kirstie and Ben and generous friends constructed the walls and the internals and fit out.  More here:
Thank you to owner builder Kirstie Wulf for supplying the photos.

Kyneton Hemp Studio

By Ben Convery | Thu 12th Feb 2015 23:52pm

This is the first Australian build that has included hemp lime as roofing insulation. This is quite commonplace in hemp lime building in Europe and Joe and Deb had been following the development of hemp construction for about 15 years. They have an interest in natural building and Joe has worked on both rammed earth and strawbale buildings. The hemp has been left exposed around windows and doorways.  Lime rendering the internal walls has created a beautiful soft finish to the hemp walls.

Shepherds Ground Project

By Ben Convery | Sun 23rd Nov 2014 07:46am

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Shepherds Ground is a rural village development of about 29 residences nestled on a scenic 10 acre area of a 277 acre farm. This innovative project seeks to establish a working model of community living that is affordable, sustainable, and cultivates a strong sense of community as well as being based on best practice ecological and biodynamic/organic principles  It’s goals are to reconnect people, agriculture and nature.

Located within 15 minutes of the City of Maitland, NSW, the master plan for Shepherds Ground has been developed by renowned Melbourne architect Greg Burgess. Wherever possible hemp lime construction will be incorporated for its insulative benefits. The hemp will be grown and processed nearby in Dungog.

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