HEMPCRETE – the Ultimate Sustainable Building Material

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PART 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IgzrquqpBw


Hempcrete is actually quite similar to concrete but is carbon negative, an eighth the weight, waterproof, fireproof, insulative, and is completely recyclable, making it the ideal green building material.

From sourcing, to labor, to environmental impacts, to the long-term effects, a key objective with this tiny home has been to reduce the embodied energy of the building as much as possible. Which is what ultimately led to the decision to use hempcrete (that and being inspired by Scott’s hempcrete studio). Hempcrete is made with a simple mixture of the woody cores of the hemp plant, water, and a lime binder. Each of the three ingredients alone boast their own benefits, but mixed together, what we get what could be considered the ideal natural building material—eliminating the need for the typical insulation, drywall, and any plastic wrapping.

The downside of hempcrete is that until recently, growing hemp was illegal in the United States, making access to hemp, let alone hempcrete, quite a challenge.

In summary, hempcrete is an exceedingly underrated building material that is light on the environment, energy usage, and total cost.

Lastly, no, marijuana and hemp are not the same thing and you will not get high by living in a house of hemp.

Connect with Scott, the creative crasftman behind the tiny house: https://www.instagram.com/arterialistdesign/

Music by: Papadosio – Find Your Cloud