Construction – Hemp Plaster

Moving onto the finishes now, These pics are of the hemp plaster layer being applied to the hempcrete walls. This layer has higher quantities of lime and some sand, and makes it much tougher, a solid crust to the insulating hempcrete.

We have tested quite a few finishes, from smooth to textured, and all of them are beautiful, with the hemp clearly visible.

The work takes quite a while, especially as the artisans are learning how to work with the hemp plaster, but they are all very impressed with the product, and how hard the hempcrete has set.

We also tried a technique of plastering over wood using chicken wire to hold the plaster. It is looking good!

Hemporium has pioneered hemp building in South Africa, starting with “The House that Hemp Built” in Noordhoek Cape Town in 2011.

This house is a showcase for hemp products and includes hempcrete walls, hemp chipboard, hemp insulation, hemp carpets, curtains, couches and more.

We have since been involved in 4 more buildings, including a Soup Kitchen in Khayelitsha.

Hempcrete is the “better than zero carbon” building system. For more information please visit the “USES” section or click HERE for an article on the original house.

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