As the name suggests, Hempcrete is a building material that incorporates hemp into its mixture. Versatile and hardy, it can be used for wall insulation, flooring, walls, roofing, and more, and is fireproof, waterproof, and rot-proof, provided it's used aboveground.
Derived from the shive (hemp hurds) or inside stem of the hemp plant, it's then mixed with a lime base binder to create the final, negative carbon footprint product.
Hempcrete is much more
versatile and pliable than concrete, making it an easier material to
work with. In fact, earthquakes cannot crack these structures, as
they are three times more resistant to damage than regular concrete.
Through its growing life cycle, it takes in large amounts of carbon, which are then built into the home or building being constructed.
Carbon is thus stored rather than released into the atmosphere, and as a result, a home can save about 20,000 lbs of carbon when being built out of Hempcrete.
...Hempcrete is inarguably a superior building material.
When used in exterior walls, it lets water in without accruing rot or other damage. What's more, rather than needing to build homes with space between exterior walls, which must then be filled with insulation, you can simply use a Hempcrete wall.
As humidity is taken in
from the external environment, the Hempcrete holds that humidity
until it is ready to be released again when air becomes dry once
Over time, the lime
essentially turns back to rock, so the material becomes harder and
harder until it petrifies completely. This means the wall will last
thousands of years compared to the 40-100 years of today's standard
And since hemp grows to
maturity in just 14 weeks, it is a very powerful, cheap, and
The hemp seed can be harvested as a nutritious food rich in,
...while the outer fibers can be used for clothing, paper, and many other everyday items.
This truly is a
remarkable plant, and its use in the mainstream should be a
But this doesn't seem to be the case.
Either way, something is