What is Hemplime?

Hemplime, also known as hempcrete, is a high-performance natural building material that replaces plywood sheathing, synthetic house wrap, and spray foam or other types of insulation. Made from the woody core of the hemp plant, a lime-based binder, and water, hemplime is a sustainable and healthy alternative to other materials that contain harmful petrochemicals.

Hemplime = Hemp (aggregate) + Lime (Binder) + Water (Reactant)
In addition to providing thermal resistance (R-Value), hemplime wall and roof assemblies improve indoor air quality and thermal comfort by buffering heat and humidity. They are also naturally fire, mold, and pest resistant, inherently air-tight, and low carbon to carbon negative depending upon how the hemp was harvested and processed, and how far it had to travel.

Hemplime wall assemblies can be finished with lime plaster or any natural, vapor-permeable material including cedar shingles like we are using on the Cape Cod Hemp House.

How is Hemplime applied?

Hemplime assemblies are typically cast in place or sprayed on site (in situ), or built using prefabricated blocks or panels. Each has its advantages, but we chose the spray-applied method — where the hemplime is sprayed in between and around the framing to form a monolithic envelope — for the Cape Cod Hemp House because of the size of the project and our high thermal performance goals.

Spray-applied hemplime assemblies take less time to build than other methods and reduce energy loss caused by thermal bridging. Additionally, spray applied hemplime uses less lime binder and water, which further increases the R-value of the assembly while decreasing drying time.

Although not the first spray-applied hemplime project in the US, the Cape Cod Hemp House is the first in North America to employ a cutting-edge high-production system from Europe designed for larger projects.

How does Hemplime compare?