Believe it or not, sustainable and carbon-negative housing is now possible. Hempcrete, hemp wool, and other hemp construction materials make this possible.
Have you heard of healthy homes? No, it’s not a house with a lot of healthy food inside.
Healthy homes or buildings are those that are constructed with the physical and mental wellbeing of the residents in mind. It may denote an architectural style that improves mental health.
It can also denote the materials used to construct the home. Materials like hemp. Hemp is a non-toxic, eco-friendly material that proactively improves the health of the inhabitants. It traps CO2 and keeps the air healthy.
Who wouldn’t want a home like that? Check out these 11 companies that construct using hempcrete.
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The Hemp Foundation is much more than just a hemp marketplace. It is also a social and environmental cause that fights for Indian farmers’ right to a livelihood.
Hemp Foundation sells hemp hurds wholesale. This is the raw material from which hempcrete is made.
The hemp is grown in a state in India called Uttarakhand. The soil and climate here are perfect for growing high-quality hemp.
The hemp is cultivated by previously unemployed farmers. Cultivating hemp gives them the opportunity to make a stable living.
We also sell raw hemp fiber. With this, you can make hemp wool. This is a terrific insulation material to protect from harsh weather and sound.
The hemp fiber is processed into fabric and wool by Mandakini women weavers. Mandakini is a network of weavers in the Kedar Valley of Uttarakhand. The mission of this group is to bring economical and social empowerment to women.
Energy-saving? Check. Sustainable? Check. Mold, rot, and fire-resistant? Triple check.
The production of traditional building materials is one of the largest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions. JBF’s vision was to create a building system that would cut down the cost and waste produced, while increasing the living quality.
It chose a building material with reduced environmental impact. This material was hemp-lime.
JBF patented a building system based on structural blocks. These blocks surpass the quality of all available alternatives. It is now available internationally.
The company promises low-cost and low-maintenance homes with the BioFiber blocks. The blocks, made of hemp fiber, can capture Carbon Dioxide.
The bio-fiber blocks are available for wholesale. JBF also designs and constructs buildings. This project is called Harmless Home.
Fad diets, green smoothies, yoga, and whatnot. We are obsessed with living a healthy lifestyle and what goes into our bodies. Trust me, I’m guilty of this too. But hardly anyone pays attention to the house we’re living in.
Traditional brick and mortar housing contain tons of toxins. Living in those houses will invariably mean inhaling those toxins.
Building materials made from the earth can increase our enjoyment of the world. Well, that’s at least what Hempitecture believes.
The company aims to build healthy and energy-efficient structures. But, it doesn’t stop there. They want the structures to positively impact both the inhabitants and the environment. This is achieved with hemp.
Hempitecture Inc uses hempcrete and hemp wool.
Hemp wool is used for sound and thermal insulation of interiors. Hemp fibers are condensed into blocks and used as insulation material. Hemp fibers are good options for keeping cool and keeping warm.
Hempcrete is made by mixing hemp hurds and lime. The reaction causes Carbon Sequestration. This means atmospheric carbon is absorbed by the material, which offsets the carbon produced while building. This makes it an eco-friendly project.
Hempitecture does it all. The company provides material, equipment, and subject expertise to those passionate about building eco-friendly structures.
- Hempcrete Direct
Using hemp to build your dream home can be a pretty wild concept to wrap your head around. The cousin of hemp is a soft drug after all.
Hempcrete Direct is working to abolish this misinterpretation in the U.S.
This firm works on providing hemp material for construction projects. They also connect contractors to homeowners who are interested in green homes.
Their website contains in-depth details about the merits of hemp over other building materials. It is a good resource to look up when you’re starting a construction project.
Hempcrete Direct is also passionate about making hemp a more popular building material in the U.S. and Canada. They are involved with organizations that provide licenses to build with hemp.
Hemp is a very new building material. Many don’t know how to apply it to construction projects, and that’s where the trouble sets in. Hempcrete Direct provides on-site training to contractors. They teach them the craft of building with hemp.
Low-impact housing is the future. Well, it needs to be. ISO Hemp, a company spanning 5 countries, is helping to make this a present-day reality.
Increasing health and comfort, while decreasing energy consumption is the main motto being ISOHemp.
Its factory was developed to be sustainable and eco-friendly. The complete process is automated, which makes hempcrete available at competitive prices.
Because it’s automated, you would think production consumes loads of energy. That isn’t the case. The plant is run by the energy equivalent of powering merely 10 washing machines.
The blocks are made with a 4-step process.
- Mixture: They mix the raw materials; hemp, water, and lime.
- Formatting: They mold the mixture into blocks of varying thickness using a press. The thickness can be customized between 6 to 30 centimeters.
- Curing: They dry the blocks in the open air. This makes it ready to be handled.
- Palletization: A robotic arm pallets the blocks, which are again air-dried for 6 to 10 weeks.
Though this process may seem tedious, ISOHemp manufactures more than one million blocks of hemp per year.
Mold, fire, and termite-proof housing. Who can say no to that? On top of that, building with hemp makes the structure breathable, energy-efficient, and insulated from sound and cold. That’s a big yes if you ask me.
To top it off, hemp homes are also known to last longer.
For all its merits, hempcrete is not widely known. Hemp Tech Global strives to fix that. They manufacture hempcrete and other hemp materials and sell them globally.
For over a decade, Hemp Tech Global has been collaborating with architects all over the world. They’ve come up with numerous energy-efficient buildings. All thanks to hemp.
This company is one of the few that uses hemp floorboards. So not just around you, you’ll also receive the benefits of hemp from beneath you.
Hemp Tech Global believes that hemp is the solution to many of the world’s problems. Its mission is to establish the hemp economy and see it thrive.
Zero-carbon homes are a thing of the past. Negative carbon is where it’s at right now. Hempcrete homes are healthy for the inhabitant and the environment.
UK Hempcrete specializes in construction with hempcrete and other natural building materials. They supply materials and offer consultancy and training services.
But that’s not where the services stop. UK Hempcrete has specialist architects who can design your projects from start to finish.
Healthy buildings are a concept everyone talks about. But how exactly can a structure be healthy? It can be non-toxic, sure, but healthy? For a building to be healthy, the dwellers’ physical, physiological, and social health is taken into consideration.
Hemp is one of the few materials that can be used to build a healthy home. Hemp is chemical and toxin-free. At no stage of production are toxic gasses added to the material. So, as the building gets lived in, it does not unseemingly release toxic gas.
Hemp is also rot and mildew resistant. So if a builder ever tells you rot-resistant walls are impossible, tell them I said otherwise. This greatly reduces the cost of future upkeep of the building.
UK Hempcrete’s professional services allow you to realize this utopia.
You’ve surely heard older people say, “Buildings these days aren’t as good as they were back in the days.” Well, I think they’re right. Construction with concrete and bricks, though it may seem sturdy, wears down quicker. Hemp is here to change that.
Hemp Block USA’s mission is to transform the construction industry into one that is sustainable. They accomplish this using hemp. It is carbon negative and affordable.
The hemp and lime composite are extremely easy to install. It is made of 84% hemp. It requires very little mortar to install. You wouldn’t believe it, but it only takes one minute per square foot to install.
Hemp blocks are hygroscopic. This means hemp walls can transfer moisture through them. This allows it to control humidity and temperature.
Hemp Block USA offers material supply, architectural, engineering, and support services. This company also has a branch in Australia called Hemp Block Australia. It is Australia’s only supplier of load-bearing hemp blocks.
Climates change. And with that, the structure of houses needs to change as well. The Australian Hemp Masonry Company is the only company having hempcrete designed for various climates.
They’ve been leading the green building game since 1999 in Australia and have many accolades to their name. The company developed all its products through a 12-year research period. 6 years in collaboration with the University of NSW and 6 years on the field.
The company works closely with small and medium-scale hemp farmers to ensure the industry is strengthened and stable. It also works with communities looking to transition into sustainable housing.
This company also conducts some very cool research on their hemp building materials. A hemp wall was once lit on fire for an hour with bush timber. You would think after an hour of being burnt, the wall would crumble. But this wasn’t the case. There was no damage to the wall.
I think that’s uber-cool. It is especially applicable to a country like Australia which is infamous for its bushfires.
Hemp is also known to be energy efficient. By spending a bit extra on hemp insulation, owners don’t have to invest in cooling systems. They won’t have recurrent running costs either. So it also helps you save money.
GreenJams is an Indian green-tech social enterprise. Its mission is to transform the built environment into one that is eco-friendly. GreenJams pride themselves on having created the world’s strongest hempcrete.
Hemp can store more carbon weight than even the self-weight of the block. This makes it an excellent option for building carbon-negative homes. It is also mold, decay, and rodent resistant. So, a home built from hemp will last longer than its concrete counterpart.
GreenJams got into green construction to solve two problems; construction and climate change. However, their solution solved three; construction, climate change, and farmers’ livelihood.
GreenJams has also created a one-of-a-kind product. Agrocrete. It is made from crop residue and industrial by-products. Agrocrete quickens the construction time and reduces the amount of cement needed.
- Hemp Build
Hemp Build is a specialist in Isohemp hempcrete construction. It also supplies hemp building materials to contractors and builders.
This company uses non-load-bearing hempcrete blocks. It is a lightweight material that can be used for constructing floors, walls, and roofs.
It is said that hemp self-regulates and resonates with the vibes of the people living in that building. Due to this, the health of the inhabitants also prospers.
Did you know hemp blocks are so easy to install? So easy, in fact, that you can complete self-build projects with it. If you need help with any step of the project, Hemp Build is there to assist you. But, you may not need it.
If sustainability is on your checklist, you now know hemp has to feature in your project. I strongly believe hemp is the solution to many problems and am passionate about making others realize this. Use hempcrete and other hemp-building materials in your dream home. And build a home that will last.