No, it is not some crazy typo I have made, I did just say Hempcrete. Just as it sounds, this is a new revolutionary building material, similar to concrete, that incorporates hemp into its production mixture. Combining the inside stem, or Shiv, of the hemp plant and a lime base binder, we are able to produce this amazing and strong material, which also holds a negative carbon footprint. The pliability Hempcrete preserves, along with its versatility makes it a “no brainer’ when it comes in contrast to concrete, not to mention it is only one-sixth the weight of standard concrete. Due to the fact that it is more than three times stronger than concrete, it actually doesn’t crack from Natural Disasters, such as Earthquakes. Fireproof, waterproof and rot-proof, provided it’s used superterranean, furthermore it can be used for flooring, walls, wall insulation, roofing and much more.
Lime doesn’t require the extreme heat used in creating concrete, meaning Hempcrete does not depend on large amounts of energy for production. This, coupled with it being wrapped in cellulose, this product actually isolates carbon. By doing this, we see this material not only retain carbon but absorb it, as well. So, through its life cycle, it will take in carbon, rather than unleash it into our atmosphere. In accomplishing this, using this material to build your house or business, you could save 20,000 lbs of carbon from being released into the air, just in your lifetime. Think about that for a second, imagine what that could do to the carbon footprint of the world, think of how it can clean up our atmosphere.
Inarguably, Hempcrete is amongst the titans of the building materials populous. As stated earlier this product is one-sixth the weight of concrete, due to its light nature one could use it to build exterior walls for a home. In doing so, you actually wouldn’t have to build the exterior wall then an interior wall with space in between for insulation, because with Hempcrete we actually can have a single layered wall in which the wall itself does the job of all three portions of a wall constructed by conventional means. When it gets wet it actually soaks in the moisture and retains it without rotting, then when the air around it drys the moisture is released from it to become dry once again.
The practice of wrapping Lime in Cellulose is done in order to make the Lime stronger while it is still curing. You see, concrete can set much faster than Lime, thought Lime will continue to harden more and more over time. This process takes place because of the hemp fibers that are integrated into the mixture, so as time goes on, the Lime dries, becomes stone again, then eventually petrifies. Archaeologists have stated that in Ancient Egyptian architecture, there have been very similar if not identical processes used in building materials of those times. The strength of this wonderful alternative to concrete is shown in the time tested remnants of ancient civilizations come and gone, though their buildings (at least most of them) are standing erect even these thousands of years later.
Only taking 14 weeks to reach maturity, Hemp is a beautiful plant to use for its many versatile uses. With maturation only taking so long, we could start to convert our use of trees and other plants into using the many different parts of the hemp plant to build a stronger and better future. The hemp seed is a wonderful source of Omega-3 oil and other proteins, whereas the external fibers of the plant could produce stronger more durable linens and other daily use items. If only we could get out from under legal rule when it comes to the cultivation of this wonderful plant, we could start to take advantage of all the wonderful, healthy, and clean uses it offers us.
There have already been countless innovators globally that, depending on where they live, have the ability to cultivate hemp and in turn, incorporate it into the construction of homes, and other buildings. Since the law is hindering the spread of knowledge as well as the use of hemp, these dreamers are doing what they can, where they can in order to help Mother Earth and humanity by teaching a thing or two about sustainability and natural resource consumption. Included below is a wonderful video on not only a bit of history behind Hempcrete but also its cultivation and uses. Revolutionary innovations such as this will help us change the World, or at least maybe save it.