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Research shows the ecological and hygrothermal potential of lime hemp as a building material. However, despite a growing interest and the wide application of the material in neighboring countries such as France and the UK, lime hemp is rarely used in Flanders until now. Architects and contractors are not familiar with the potential and specific behavior of lime hemp, which differs from conventional building materials, and they do not know how to apply it in practice. Furthermore, scientific evidence of the real hygrothermal performance of lime hemp applications is lacking. In this 2-year VLAIO-TETRA-project, the hygrothermal behavior of several lime hemp elements is investigated and the performance of real-life lime hemp projects is monitored and analyzed. To support the design and execution of lime hemp applications in practice, validated guidelines and constructional details are developed.
Date:1 Oct 2018 → 31 Dec 2020
Keywords:building material, kalkhennep
Disciplines:Architectural engineering, Architecture, Building engineering, Interior architecture, Architectural design, Art studies and sciences