Hempcrete is a mixture of the inner core of the hemp plant and lime. The use of the product has spread across many European countries. It is not used for structure; it serves as infill between framing, usually wood. Because hemp originates from cannabis sativa, a federally banned substance, its production has been illegal in the United States since 1937. It is grown legally in Europe, the UK and Canada. Importing Hempcrete is legal; however, the trip reduces the carbon negative attributes the product provides. Some of the fantastic attributes of Hempcrete are below:
- · Hemp absorbs CO2 as it grows. A home can save about 20,000 lbs of carbon when being built out of Hempcrete.
- · Lightweight; it’s about a seventh or an eighth of the weight of concrete
- · It floats!
- · It’s fire proof, water proof and rot proof.
- · More versatile and easy to work with compared to concrete
- · Hempcrete can be returned to the soil as fertilizer
- · Excellent thermal and acoustic insulator
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