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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:http://culburrahemphouse.blogspot.com.au/
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.

www.facebook.com/shepherdsground

www.shepherdsground.com.au

CDL Green Gallery – Singapore

By Ben Convery | Sun 12th Oct 2014 15:36pm

We travelled to Singapore in July 2013  to train a crew to install the hemp for this innovative green build which was opened in late November. Different textures have been created using varying kinds of formwork and different tones have been achieved by using a variety of sands and pigments.

“Developed as an extension to the SBG Heritage Museum on Holttum Lawn by CDL, the CDL Green Gallery is Singapore’s first purposefully built zero energy Green Gallery, making the gallery self-sufficient. It is built with several eco-friendly technologies, including two innovative features introduced in Singapore for the first time – the biomaterial known as Hempcrete (largely made from the hemp plant) and a prefabricated modular system. The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has accorded this Gallery with the BCA Green Mark Platinum status – the highest tier of green buildings in Singapore. Clad with vertical green walls, the building is planted with selected species that attract butterflies such as the Plain Tiger and Chocolate Pansy. It is a part of the Botanic Gardens’ nomination bid as Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site.”

http://www.cdl.com.sg/app/attachment/cdl/investors_media/press_release/20131129.pdf

Blue Mountains Hemp House

By admin | Fri 19th Sep 2014 08:25am

This home in Hazelbrook in the New South Wales Blue Mountains is the work of Dick Clarke award winning sustainable building designer and editor of a recently published guide to creating ecological housing for builders, designers and home owners, Rethink Building Materials  and builder Warwick Larkin.

This house is made from hemp masonry (or hemp lime composite) with passive solar design in a predominantly cool climate with occasional hot weather. The floor plan is divided into three distinct zones, providing good thermal and acoustic control. The house is self- sufficient for energy and water, and features zero toxicity materials throughout.

The hemp masonry has been left exposed on some walls because it was built so well and is so beautiful in colour and texture.

 

Australia’s First Earthship

By Ben Convery | Tue 1st Jul 2014 00:20am

 

Queensland 2013/14. This is the first Earthship to be built in Australia. The build started in January with a very diverse group of about 50 people ranging in experience, age and cultural backgrounds. It was run as a workshop so people could attend and participate in the build to empower those who wish to be involved in Earthships to gain the necessary skills and connect with people who have complementary skills, so as to form Earthship building teams and meet skilled allies and new friends.

Built with AHMC hemp-lime composite — hemp hurd mixed with a lime based binder and used as a insulation layer for the roof as well as some reinforced cement footings and extra steel used to strengthen the structure in case of a cyclone. This Earthship build is focused on using a loving intent because to be sustainable, to care about the earth and to care about the people, is to live a lifestyle of loving intent, which is permaculture and therefore is co-creation.

http://permaculturenews.org/2013/05/09/australias-first-earthship/

Deep Ecology Centre – Maclean NSW

By Ben Convery | Sun 13th Apr 2014 00:39am

This build for Sustainable Futures Australia which was a retrofit of three workshop spaces under an existing older style timber home benefitted from some additional creative input from Xylosinuous Building & Design, well known local rammed earth builders.  The installation of the hemp masonry walls primarily took place over two weekend workshops and was then completed in a day by the building crew.

Protesters Falls NSW

By Ben Convery | Mon 13th Jan 2014 00:59am

The frame for this sub-tropical home had already been constructed when the owner builders found out about hemp building materials. As the beautiful hardwood timber featured in the build was harvested from the site, they wanted to leave much of the frame exposed internally.

The majority of the internal walls have a lime rendered finish but because of the variations in the way the timber has been used, each room feels different.

For most of the year the glass doors of the living areas are opened up for sunny breakfasts on a semi-enclosed verandah that runs the length of the home. Near the kitchen a spacious thick-walled, walk-in pantry/cool room has pride of place

Billen Cliffs – NSW

By Ben Convery | Tue 18th Jun 2013 00:47am
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