Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

HEMPSEC: pre-fabricated, pre-dried panelised system of hemp-lime construction


The HEMPSEC Project is aimed at expanding the market for a pre-fabricated, pre-dried, panelised system of hemp-lime construction. It assures high quality construction, rapid on-site erection, optimal hygrothermal performance from day one and results in energy and resource efficient buildings.

The 36 month-long work programme will refine product and manufacturing protocols, produce data for certification and marketing, warranty, insurance cover and availability of finance. The project includes the development of markets in France and Spain.

The research programme will construct, instrument, monitor and analyse the environmental performance of a number of small experimental buildings located at the newly created Building Research Park at Wroughton. Parallel programmes will be running in Spain and France. A comparative analysis of performance will be undertaken against the 'standard', and alternative building materials and an environmental model will be developed.

The success of the project will result in wider adoption of hemp-lime construction in the EU.


Funding body

EU Eco-innovation

Project team


Further details


HempCell house construction at Marsh Baldon, UK

The aim of this project was to build a traditional-looking eco-house that was comfortable and healthy to live in, featuring:

  • Brick fa├žade and thatch roof
  • Hempcell panel construction
  • Passivhaus performance
  • CSH level 4.

HempCell house construction at Preston Crowmarsh, UK

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