A French Hempcrete Sports Center Shows the Material’s Potential

Hempcrete is a biocomposite material that was first used in France in the 1990s but was largely unavailable for use in public buildings until recently due to building codes and a lack of certification.

A French Hempcrete Sports Center Shows the Material's Potential
A French Hempcrete Sports Center Shows the Material’s Potential

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Hempcrete is typically made into lightweight panels or bricks that are fireproof, durable, and perform well acoustically. Because hemp plants rapidly absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow, hempcrete is a carbon-negative material.

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In the small town of Croissy-Beaubourg, east of Paris, a sports hall designed by Lemoal Lemoal holds the distinction of being the first public building in France to use hempcrete.

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A French Hempcrete Sports Center Shows the Material's Potential
A French Hempcrete Sports Center Shows the Material’s Potential

The Pierre Chevet sports hall is an unassuming and unassuming structure with a simple wooden frame that extends into a half-vaulted structure. The frame is filled with hempcrete blocks made from hemp grown and processed within 300 miles of the construction site for the majority of the interior walls.

Outside the structure, there is little evidence of the material. To withstand the elements, all facades are constructed of white fibre cement panels that allow for the replacement or repair of individual components.

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Inside, the walls have been treated with hemp plaster, but the hempcrete blocks have been left exposed on the upper reaches to maximise their acoustic, thermal, and climatic properties.

This debut for the novel material comes at a time when widespread adoption, not just in France, but throughout the world, appears to be imminent. Since hemp cultivation became legal in 47 states, and the United States is the third-largest producer of industrial hemp (behind China and Canada), we can anticipate an increase in domestic hempcrete projects.


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