If you’re new to the wonderful world of hemp, you may have never heard of hempcrete. Perhaps you had no idea that you could actually build sturdy structures with the help of a plant. Well let us break the news: you absolutely can! And it can benefit you in more ways than one!
Hempcrete is the result of combining hemp hurds with a lime and water mixture, and can be used as insulation for a few different parts of a home or building. Hempcrete can do so much more than just provide shelter. We’ll tell you how!
1. Hempcrete Sequesters Carbon
Hemp is the only building material that can actually remove carbon from the air. Other methods of insulation, like fiberglass, have a significant carbon footprint. Hemp in your home can actually help to reduce the carbon emissions made from our daily lives.
We spend so much time and money building and rebuilding our homes, so why not include a resource that protects our planet? Imagine your home being able to clean the air for you!
2. It’s Safer for Those With Environmental Allergies or Sensitivities
The products used in and around our homes make a massive impact on our health, so it’s important to make sure they are safe. Hemp is generally a very clean and non-toxic plant, due to the fact that it requires little to no pesticides or herbicides to grow. Hemp also can be harvested and processed in a safe manner without the use of harsh chemicals. Using this plant in your home can protect you and your loved ones from environmental stress and illness that can result from other building materials.
The lime binder used in hempcrete is also anti-microbial and anti-bacterial, and the finished product absorbs excess moisture, defending against mold and mildew, which can be extremely dangerous.
3. Hempcrete Breathes Well
Hempcrete, due to the plant’s porosity, can soak up water from the air and release it when the moisture level decreases. Like we mentioned earlier, hempcrete can sequester carbon, but it can also absorb a substantial amount of heat and humidity when things get hot. And we think that’s pretty cool.
4. It’s a Bonus!
Hemp is typically grown for its seed or fiber, with the hurd being left behind. This means that while a large agricultural hemp grow can be turned into clothing, rope, or even hemp seed oil, the remnants can also be utilized to make hempcrete. While other plants and their processes create detrimental waste, almost every part of the hemp plant can be used for something incredibly useful. What an overachiever!
5. Hempcrete is Super Strong
Even though hempcrete is not generally used for structural framing, it can be added around the building structure to reap the benefits. When hempcrete is used around studs, it can prevent them from buckling and bending under significant loads. Hemp can truly be the backbone of a structurally sound home!
The vast uses of hemp are pretty amazing, and we certainly look forward to the future of hemp-centric home building. Not only can you stay comfortable in your house, but you can rest easy knowing your family is safe, while you’re reducing your carbon footprint.
Would you incorporate hempcrete into your future home? Let us know!