Continue reading to learn all about the newly popular cementitious material hempcrete!
What is Hempcrete?
Hempcrete is an insulating bio-composite material made from a combination of a lime binder and hemp hurds.
What is it Used For?
Hempcrete is used for a variety of projects. This material can be used in walls, attics, and even underneath floors. It can also be used to build new houses and advance insulation in an older home.
Benefits of Hempcrete
This material has so many benefits, such as:
- Neutralizes carbon during construction.
- Provides waterproof, yet breathable, insulation alternative.
- Resistant to pests.
- Resistant to environmental hazards, such as earthquakes and fire.
- Aesthetically pleasing.
- Environmentally friendly.
Hempcrete is very cost effective. Since prices are averaged differently around the country, expect to pay a standard price for labor, as well as however much material you need. For more information about the cost of hempcrete in your area, contact a local specialist.
Is it Illegal?
No! Hempcrete should not be confused with the marijuana plant. Industrial hemp is completely different than marijuana. This debunks the myth that hempcrete will make you feel high and is unsafe for children and can cause asthma. In fact, experts have proved that standard buildings made with other products than hempcrete, such as cement, pose more of a health risk than hempcrete does.
An old theory suggests hempcrete has been stereotyped because it’s connection with marijuana. According to the theory, early American settlements identified hemp as a threat and competition to their timber and cotton industries. Therefore, myths spread that hempcrete would create similar effects as marijuana so less people would choose hemp over other materials.
Can Anyone Use Hempcrete?
Yes! Anyone can learn how to properly install and use hempcrete. Although DIYers can use hempcrete, it’s always best to consult a professional. While you can always obtain proper education and training, a professional will ensure the process is quick, efficient, and accurate.