Hempcrete: What is it and how can it help?

The power of Hempcrete or Hemplime

 

Did you know you can substitute concrete for Hempcrete in many construction jobs? Did you know Hempcrete was a thing? As the hemp and cannabis industry progress, you will start to see more and more products on the market made from Hemp. Let’s get into why Hempcrete is such a good alternative to traditional concrete.

What is Hempcrete?

Hempcrete or Hemplime is bio-composite made of the inner woody core of the hemp plant mixed with a lime-based binder. It is marketed under names like Hempcrete, Canobiote, Canosmose, and Isochanvre. It lacks the brittleness of concrete and consequently does not need expansion joints. The result is a lightweight insulating material ideal for most climates as it combines insulation and thermal mass.

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The Benefits of using Hempcrete?

The benefits of building a structure with hempcrete can vary on what the purpose and location of the building is. Hempcrete is an amazing material for building non-weight bearing insulated infill walls. Hempcrete is also a low density material and resistant to cracking under movement, thus making it highly suitable for use in earthquake-prone areas.

  • Environmentally more friendly with less use of petrochemicals.

  • Potential carbon neutral construction.

  • Thermal mass assists temperature control in low and high temperatures.

  • Fireproof and earthquake resistant.

  • Excellent moisture handling and resistance.

  • An agricultural by-product

  • Non-toxic building material

  • And the list goes on.

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Videos featuring hempcrete

Here are some informative videos to teach you a thing or two about the uses of hempcrete and real life examples.

 
Alex Person