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Building Houses With Hemp out of Hempcrete

September 02, 2019

Hey, somebody's gotta do it, right? But seriously, it is mold-resistant, rot-resistant, pest-resistant, fire-resistant, and carbon-negative

Some of the most practical uses of industrial hemp in the modern-day, of course, are the same as they ever were:

  • Building materials
  • Paper
  • Textiles
  • Seed oil
  • Nutrition

"Hempcrete, of all the 50,000 known products that we can make with industrial hemp is my absolute favorite it is a mold-resistant rot-resistant pest-resistant fire-resistant carbon-negative building material."

Joy Beckerman Maher, president, Hemp Ace International, LLC.

"The most difficult part of pioneering industrial hemp in Oregon is the lack of understanding people still believe that hemp can get you high when in fact there are no psychoactive components to this so it's a matter of educating people and we're working on that.

Hemp of the United States can be an incredibly viable commodity since the beginning of time it's the only plant that can feed you house you clothe you and heal you.

It has Hardy fiber strongest fibers found in nature every part of the plant can be used you know from the stock the leaves and the flowers and the seeds and each one of those components can be used for thousands of different uses each.

These plants will take usually three to four months they'll reach heights of eight or nine feet and we'll harvest them and then we'll separate out the fibers and the flowers the seeds and the rest of the vegetation to make different products.

Cliff Thomason, Oregon Hemp Company

"I think in order to launch hempcrete building to make it real you have to have a model. So my vision is to take this house and retrofit it with hempcrete and demonstrate that it's a viable building process.

In fact, it's everything that you want in a building in a wall. It's permeable so it mediates the humidity in the room but since the wall absorbs the humidity, and the lime that you build with is a high pH, it doesn't mold. So the wall will hold on to the humidity and disperse it inside or outside as it's needed.

Buildings consume 40 to 50 percent of the world's energy so if we could establish hempcrete building it's huge.

And as you get more into the nature of hemp and its abundant properties that becomes part of the imagination of what a hempcrete building can be.

Pam Bosch, Highland Hemp House

"The future of hemp is an opportunity for everyone. We're gonna find sustainable uses that we've never even thought were possible. And taking advantage of a knowledge base that has never been created because it's been illegal, and I would hope to see you know five years from now just growing in fields of green." Cliff Thomason, Oregon Hemp Company

"I think hemp has a lot of answers for nutrition for energy saving for building the ideal future is that we have enough hemp growing on the planet in the hands of as many people as find use for it because it has so much to give." Pam Bosch

—This video is from National Geographic.

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