Published on June 3rd, 2013 | by gatsbyadmin0
Hands on Hemp – June 2nd – Hoodlab Colorado
“Hands on Hemp” is held on the FIRST SUNDAY of the month at Hoodlab Colorado. It’s an event that is focusing the awareness of the streets with the industrial future of the hemp plant. This weekend we were amazed to learn about the “building” aspects of this green evolution. The first crop of hemp was planted last month in Colorado breaking the prohibition on the plant that was started with cannabis a long long time ago. The best applications of this new product will never be maximized until the education, research, and implementation is abundant and we can analyze all the data that will be collected. Currently, we are still in the “gathering data” stages all over the nation.
The day started with a discussion about the applications of the hemp plant in industrial building materials. You can see from the picture below that hempcrete is “fire retardant” (meaning that a 3 1/2 inch slab with an open torch on it for over 3 minutes will NOT extinguish into flames like drywall or other products used in the world today). It is also anti-fungal (meaning that it breathes on it’s own and does NOT allow fungus to grow within, on, or because of it’s involvement). And growing hemp is a natural “healer” for our soil and food production. In fact, they planted hemp and cannabis around Chernobyl in Russia to absorb the radiation from the earth…..whatcha think about that?
“Breathable” is the word we heard most about HEMPCRETE and the future of building, our environment, and the corporate cost of building. Since hempcrete is breathable (which is NOT allowed in home building boards, committees, and corporate politics because of the cost related to keep a house ‘dormant’), it allows the moisture in your house to escape or enter depending on the weather inside and outside the structure. This positive aspect of hempcrete is the issue that is changing the world of building. All building codes, including “green codes”, eliminate the ‘air flow’ through the structural wall. Hempcrete is a true “game changer.” And it’s a carbon negative product!!!!
The guys from Colorado Industrial Hemp Supply were putting on the class about hempcrete, how to make it, the advantages of the product, and answering questions from the audience at the event. They are working on re-building a house what was burned down last year. The hempcrete will help to “scrub” the environment of the air-born issues. In New Zealand, there is a crop of 10 acres of hemp that will provide 3 – 1,200 SQ FT HOMES from it’s harvest!!!! That’s great news about the possibility of the USA growing our way out of the “corporate prohibition” that have kept us importing and not GROWING!!! The faster we can grow hemp; the faster we can rid plastic, un-needed building supplies, GMO foods, and clean our water, air, and environment faster.
You will eliminate the following from your structure and building costs because of the “indoor air environment” that is established by HEMPCRETE**:
4) mold, pest, & fungus
5) fire issues for insurance
6) thermal bridging within the structure
7) replacing/fixing any of these issues in the future 😉
**In today’s world of building we surround our structure with “trash bags” and lock in all the moisture to use machines to let the moisture escape — OR you can use HEMPCRETE, which is like Gore-Tex, that allows the moisture to travel through the structure walls…