Does building with hemp cost more?

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Hempcrete installer Brad Madera, 2010

The building process with hemp follows a format that is a bit different than typical construction, but the methods employed are simply variations on common themes. An experienced contractor, supported by a thorough set of drawings, should be confident in their ability to successfully build with hemp. The up-front costs in using hemcrete® can add 8%-12% to the overall price of a home. We feel this cost is more than offset by the increase in air quality, thermal performance and the low-maintenance aspects of the material.

Any hempcrete installation should be overseen by an individual certified in its application. It also requires extra design and planning attention in the beginning stages of a project. Alembic Studio is able to provide this service, or we can connect you with a certified installer in your region.