hempbuzz United States (US) 291 Questions 5 Answers 0 Best Answers 40 Points View Profile 0 hempbuzz Asked: June 30, 20202020-06-30T02:09:08-04:00 2020-06-30T02:09:08-04:00In: Construction Can Hempcrete be load bearing? 0 Can Hempcrete be load bearing? bearingload Share Facebook 12 Answers Voted Oldest Recent HempGuru United States (US) 0 Questions 126 Answers 0 Best Answers 276 Points View Profile HempGuru 2020-08-16T12:58:19-04:00Added an answer on August 16, 2020 at 12:58 pm No, hempcrete is not load-bearing as concrete. So, it’ll need some supporting structure to hold the weight. However, there are interlocking hempcrete bricks that are specially designed to be load-bearing. So, these are great for people who still prefer hempcrete for their homes and buildings. Without a doubt, it’s an excellent non-toxic material that can provide high insulation. And it’s also eco-friendly. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp acevedobenitez 0 Questions 182 Answers 0 Best Answers 366 Points View Profile acevedobenitez 2020-07-26T13:23:34-04:00Added an answer on July 26, 2020 at 1:23 pm Do not use unreinforced hempcrete for any that needs to hold a lot of weight. Hempcrete has about 16% of the strength of normal concrete. As a building material, hempcrete is great because it is made out of sustainable materials and is non-toxic. The main component is hemp stalks, which can be harvested annually. The binder for hempcrete is lime. The use of lime is better for CO2 emissions while making the hempcrete. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp MarcLouis 0 Questions 187 Answers 0 Best Answers 376 Points View Profile MarcLouis 2020-07-24T23:44:43-04:00Added an answer on July 24, 2020 at 11:44 pm It is not recommended to use hempcrete for a load-bearing wall. This is due to the length of time it takes to cure. Hempcrete blocks do have numerous advantages such as its breathability, its ability to gain strength with time, and the fact that it maintains a steady temperature. Hempcrete blocks do not crack as they don’t shrink over time. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Hempmaster3000 0 Questions 214 Answers 0 Best Answers 461 Points View Profile Hempmaster3000 2020-07-17T07:56:36-04:00Added an answer on July 17, 2020 at 7:56 am No! Please don’t do it! I understand why people think this. Since Hempcrete is stronger than concrete, it should be load-bearing! But it’s not. You can make Hempcrete load-bearing by adding other structures to or around it, but as we currently have the technology, it can not be a load-bearing wall. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Cleverclogs 0 Questions 204 Answers 0 Best Answers 414 Points View Profile Cleverclogs 2020-07-14T10:55:44-04:00Added an answer on July 14, 2020 at 10:55 am Although hempcrete foundational walls are stronger than concrete foundations, they are not load-bearing. They can be used in harmony with a construction system, or for walls of up to 10 meters high, they are self-supporting. As such, a hempcrete wall should be used alongside a load-bearing frame that is made with a different material. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp wordsmith 0 Questions 256 Answers 0 Best Answers 531 Points View Profile wordsmith 2020-07-10T10:27:22-04:00Added an answer on July 10, 2020 at 10:27 am Unfortunately, hempcrete is not load-bearing. Depending on its thickness, it can be self-supporting up to ten meters high. It is only possible for hempcrete to be load-bearing if there is a structure that can support it. A certain company was able to do this innovation by integrating a supporting structure hidden within each hempcrete. Thus, making it function as a load-bearing. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Moogdummy 0 Questions 246 Answers 0 Best Answers 521 Points View Profile Moogdummy 2020-07-09T13:57:04-04:00Added an answer on July 9, 2020 at 1:57 pm No, but they can be coupled with load-bearing frames and structures to create durability and support. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Abe Melbourne, Australia 2 Questions 238 Answers 0 Best Answers 559 Points View Profile Abigail 2020-07-10T05:59:05-04:00Added an answer on July 10, 2020 at 5:59 am If you hope to expand your use of Hempcrete into load-bearing beams, I regret to tell you it’s not the role the nature of Hempcrete is supposed to deliver. To be able to bear loads, they have to be supported by another supporting structure. Among these supports are Hempro system, wooden frame, supporting masonry for Hempcrete, and post-beam system. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp CrayM 0 Questions 311 Answers 0 Best Answers 655 Points View Profile CrayM 2020-07-09T20:05:45-04:00Added an answer on July 9, 2020 at 8:05 pm No, many have tried to make all kinds of structures out of it, to no avail. While it can support a few pounds or another hempcrete brick, anything other than that will make it crumble. Maybe in a few years, after more research into it, progress will be made into this issue. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp amanda.tolar Waynesburg, United States (US) 0 Questions 313 Answers 0 Best Answers 660 Points View Profile amanda.tolar 2020-07-08T15:21:53-04:00Added an answer on July 8, 2020 at 3:21 pm No, hempcrete, at present, cannot be load-bearing. I anticipate progress being made in this industry, though, and it wouldn’t surprise me if, as the industry gains more traction and momentum, that engineers discover a way to make this a possibility. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp wavess 0 Questions 234 Answers 0 Best Answers 495 Points View Profile wavess 2020-07-07T21:18:27-04:00Added an answer on July 7, 2020 at 9:18 pm No, Hempcrete is not load bearing. Hempcrete blocks must always be associated with a supporting structure. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Melody 0 Questions 189 Answers 0 Best Answers 387 Points View Profile Melody 2020-07-07T14:52:49-04:00Added an answer on July 7, 2020 at 2:52 pm Not a hope. Hemp blocks are not load-bearing, so they are always used with some sort of supporting structure. It doesn’t matter what construction system is used, as long as it provides the structural support. Most of the time wooden frames, or post and beam construction are used, but supporting regular concrete masonry works, too. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Leave an answerCancel replyYou must login to add an answer. Username or email* Password* Remember Me! Forgot Password?