Saturday, 4 March 2017

Building Revolution: If Hemp Is Legalized, Hempcrete Will Change The Construction Industry


Hempcrete is a combination of hemp hurts and lime utilized as a construction material and insulation. 

It is marketed under different names like Canobiote, Canosmose, Hempcrete and Isochanvre. Hempcrete has many uses than just from constructing and insulating a house. It can be utilized for flooring, roofing, walls and more. Experts say it is water, fire and rot-proof, so long it stays above ground. Hempcrete is much easier to work with than lime mixes, and acts as a moisture regulator and insulator. It lacks the weakness of concrete and does not need expansion joints. It creates a negative carbon footprint, for those who are worried about environmental damage. 

It’s said that earthquakes can’t crack Hempcrete structures due to being 3x more resistant than concrete. It is tough due to its lightweight, very strong, breathable material. Joe Martino, a Hempcrete expert, gave an explanation of how this material works on Collective-Evolution, stating “As humidity is taken in from the external environment, the Hempcrete holds that humidity until it is ready to be released again when the climate is less humid.

Since the lime is wrapped in cellulose, the lime takes a bit longer for it to fully url-2 petrify but is still incredibly strong. Over time, the lime looks to turn back to a rock, so the material becomes harder and harder until it petrifies completely. This means the wall will last thousands of years vs. 40 – 100 like normal building materials today. Another great aspect to Hempcrete is that if too much is mixed during building, you can return it to the soil as a great fertilizer.”

Martino explained that since lime is binding, builders don’t need to heat it up as much as a supplier would want to in the industrial making of concrete. It results in a lot of energy url-4 conservation when making Hempcrete vs. concrete. When it comes to carbon, Hempcrete hides and puts away carbon as its high in cellulose.

Through its life cycle, it receives large amounts of carbon, which is built into the building or home when being used to build. This helps to prevent carbon from being released into the atmosphere. An average home can save 20,000 pounds of carbon when they build it right from Hempcrete.

Hemp takes 14 weeks to grow into maturity. It makes it sustainable and cheap, since getting hemp hurts won’t be difficult. The real big question is, if Hempcrete really has great benefits, why has our government kept quiet as we struggle to build more houses and other buildings, utilizing materials that will only increase our bills and project out negative effects on our environment?

Martino says it all: “When it comes to new and sustainable housing ideas, it seems to always be about creating a more efficient home in terms of insulation, lighting, electricity, etc. Mainstream belief on the subject would have you believe that top corporations and government projects are working with the best possible technology to bring forth solutions that work and are going to be great for the environment. If that was truly the case, I can guarantee you that the whole world would be using Hempcrete right now. Haven’t heard of it? I’m not too surprised.”

Martino concludes that if hemp is legalized and is used freely amongst society, our governments and big corporations will take a big hit. They are keeping us in the dark about their interests.