The architects of Steffen Welsch Architects became aware of Hempcrete through an article by Grand Designs' Kevin McCloud. Upon researching, they were amazed to discover the many good qualities of hemp as a building material. In addition to its environmental credentials it ticked a few boxes. It could breathe and regulate the humidity indoors, which contributes to the comfort within a building. The porous surface absorbs sound and contributes to pleasant acoustics in a room.
The Hemp House project at 123 Jenkins Street, Northcote is a residential dual occupancy home built in 2012 for 3 generations that share the backyard. It was built with a combination of rammed earth, timber and Hempcrete walls. Come along and check out the beautiful and healthy environment this has created.
The architects of the project will be offering free tours so you can learn about Hempcrete, rammed earth and other environmentally sustainable design projects and principles. Expect Queues. Guided tours will be conducted, 10 people at a time. Queue at main entry point. Make sure you also check out Open House Melbourne's website for a list of other iconic buildings and private properties to visit and view.
Why? Part of the Open House Melbourne event, a free tour of Hemp House by the architects so you can learn about Hempcrete, rammed earth and other environmentally sustainable design projects and principles.