Published on May 30th, 2013 | by gatsbyadmin0
Hempcrete – The future of building…
Hempcrete is a relatively new building material which incorporates hemp into its mixture. That mixture is composed of hemp hurds (shivs, or the inside of the stem of the cannabis sativa plant) and lime ( sometimes including cement, sand, or natural hydraulic lime). The lime is wrapped in cellulose, so over time, the lime appears to turn to rock, becoming harder until it petrifies completely, making hempcrete structures last far longer than the standard 40-100 years of traditional concrete buildings.
This amazing material is extremely versatile and can be used to roofing, flooring, insulation, walls and more. As long as the structure is built above ground, it is fire-proof, rot-proof, and water-proof. It’s also one of the strongest building materials known to man, resulting in hempcrete structures being three times more resistant to earthquakes. For those concerned about their carbon footprint – rest easy, because hempcrete sequesters carbon, resulting is a totally negative carbon footprint. Because hemp is high in cellulose, throughout it’s life cycle, it takes in large amounts of carbon, which is then built into the home or structure, so it’s never released into the atmosphere. The average hempcrete home saves about 20,000 pounds of carbon. And, if you mix too much during the building process, the extra hempcrete is a great fertilizer.
This Sunday you can come by Hoodlab to see “Hands on Hemp,” the monthly Hemp movement in Denver, that will be covering the movement and the future of Hemp. It’s easy to see the versatility of the plant and by-products when you can hold them and speak with the manufacturers. 3354 Larimer is the spot to be on Sunday at 4:20pm with the GGFam.