Hemp Habitats – Homes of the Future?Technology Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
Hemp homes, while not mainstream yet, are the cutting edge of green building and living. Hemp, one of the strongest and most durable fibers on the planet, is being used for foundations, walls, roofing, insulation, and indoor textiles and installations.
Hempcrete is made with hemp hurds and lime, and is stronger, lighter, and more flexible than concrete. It is used for foundations and wall structures, and is a carbon-negative substitute for traditional concrete.
“Buildings account for 38% of the CO2 emissions in the U.S., according to the U.S. Green Building Council and demand for carbon neutral and/or zero-footprint buildings is at an all-time high.” (Inhabitat.com)
Hempboard is a fiber board made with hemp hurds. It can be used for walls, cabinetry, doors, shelves, furniture, and flooring.
Hemp insulation comes in many forms – mat and roll, spun and loosely compacted hemp fiber insulation, and hempcrete.
Hemp roof tiles can come in several shapes and sizes.
In all of the above applications, hemp is the perfect choice because it is:
- Water resistant
- Insect resistant
- Mold resistant
- Rodent repellent
- In some applications, the products are fire-resistant and,
- In all applications the hemp is an excellent insulator and of course, helps to keep the air in the home clean.
And why, do you ask, are hemp homes carbon negative? The growing and harvesting of the hemp plants lock up a larger amount of carbon dioxide (cleaning the air and environment) than the lime binder used in the hempcrete production.
Farming hemp in the U.S. and building more hemp structures would be valuable – both economically AND environmentally.