Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Hempsec project logoHEMPSEC: pre-fabricated, pre-dried panelised system of hemp-lime construction

At a glance

Funding body: EU Eco-innovation
Principal investigator: Dr Mike Lawrence
Research officer: Dr Eshrar Latif


HEMPSEC Wiki Page (restricted access)

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.


Our research consortium brings together a multidisciplinary team of world-class researchers, large enterprises, innovative SMEs and a reputed research and testing organisation.

Scientific methodology and work packages

Scientific Methodology and Work Packages



Deliverables and publications

Deliverables and Publications