The Future of Organic Housing
What is Hempcrete?
"Hempcrete is a bio-composite made of the inner woody core of the hemp plant mixed with a lime-based binder. The hemp core or “Shiv” has a high silica content which allows it to bind well with lime." (1) This property is unique to hemp among all-natural fibers.” The result is a lightweight cementation insulating material weighing about a seventh or an eighth of the weight of concrete."(1)
What Properties does Hempcrete have?
Hempcrete is a naturally strong and lightweight material with four incredible properties:
Hempcrete is Fire Resistant
Hempcrete is Water Resistant
Hempcrete is Rot Resistant
Hempcrete is Hygroscopic
Hempcrete naturally regulates humidity and temperature in a building. “This ability of hempcrete to passively regulate indoor air quality reduces the need for mechanical ventilation systems, further reducing the energy required to maintain a hempcrete building.” (2)
Examples of hempcrete buildings from around the world
Designed by The Tav Group.
Asheville North Carolina
Designed by Anthony Brenner
What implications does this have for the future?
Hempcrete has all the properties and benefits of a synthetic material - inexpensive, organically grown, and sustainable. It is a revolutionary new material that is, both, environmentally friendly and economically viable.