Hempcrete has enormous potential to benefit multiple industries, especially the construction, cotton, and timber industries, which are extremely detrimental to Earth’s livelihood. Processing Hemp into Hempcrete is a great alternative to aid these industries in becoming more eco-friendly. Hempcrete is made from the shiv, or the inside stem, of the Hemp plant and is then mixed with a lime base binder to create the building material. Hempcrete is environmentally more friendly and uses less petrochemicals. Hempcrete actually reduces carbon dioxide emissions. Because of its high cellulose, Hempcrete sequesters (hides or puts away) carbon. Through its growing life cycle, Hemp takes in large amounts of carbon which is then built into the home or building it is being used to construct.
Hempcrete also does wonders for wall insulation because of its thermal mass. Thermal mass is the ability of a material to absorb and store heat energy. A lot of heat energy is required to change the temperature of high density materials like concrete, bricks and tiles—making Hemp an even better alternative for construction and insulation. People that live in Hempcrete houses do not need to run air conditioners or heaters all day because the Hempcrete already maintains temperature control for low and high temperatures. Not only is Hempcrete great for temperature control, but it has a great moisture regulating quality, which means that Hemp walls create a waterproof, breathable shell around the house due to its ability to contain moisture. Hempcrete does an exceptional job at insulating noise as well as heat and humidity—shielding the environment from exterior and interior noise.
Amazingly enough, Hempcrete is fire, mold, mildew, insect, termite, and rat resistant! Due to its immense durability, Hempcrete is even earthquake resistant. Is there anything Hempcrete can’t do?!
You may be asking yourself why there aren’t houses and skyscrapers being made out of Hempcrete all over the world. Well, the answers are not quite clear, but we all know how the government works…Maybe it’s the fact that Hemp has to be imported, as it’s illegal to grow here. Or maybe it’s because the timber and construction companies do not want to lose their money; production of Hempcrete is extremely low maintenance and cost effective, which is good reason why Hemp is still not being utilized to its fullest potential in today’s society.
Regardless of what the reason may be, it is not logical or ethical to continue to shun this plant in the dark with all of its incredible potentials to change the world.
Keep spreading the word about Hemp so we can create a more sustainable future!