Building Materials

Hempcrete leap: Lack of processors, standards create barriers to expanding hemp use in construction
HempFlax’s acquisition of Germany’s natural fiber insulation manufacturer Thermo Natur last month provided an example of how an established hemp growing and processing operation can further diversify its product portfolio and protect itself from volatility in specific markets – namely CBD. Hemp-based building materials have captured the imagination of innovators and activists for their potential to reduce construction industry emissions and create the carbon-neutral economy that the EU is striving for. But before hempcrete insulation can become more than a niche market, it needs to overcome the hurdles presented by the global dearth of processing facilities and missing hemp-building standards in the U.S. Uphill battle? One of the barriers to expanding the use of hemp fiber in construction materials in Europe and the United States is the relatively small amount of hemp grown compared to other commodities crops, said Steve Allin, director of the International Hemp Building Associat [...]
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Hempcrete leap: HempFlax sees incentives for expanding into construction
HempFlax, Europe’s largest independent hemp grower and processor, entered the construction space last month when it bought an insulation manufacturer in Germany and launched its own sustainable building supplies division. Hemp insulation is a niche market: According to HempFlax, it represents less than 0.5% of the 3.3 million tons of insulation used each year in the construction industry. But the long-term potential, especially in Europe, cannot be ignored, Reinders said. “I am convinced that renovating houses will be bigger than building houses,” the executive said. “That will be done by people doing it themselves, and they will care about the materials that they use. A private home owner is looking for sustainable materials.” Reinders predicted a long life for the hemp construction sector. “I think this is the right moment to step in, because we will be the industry to rebuild the economy,” he said. [...]
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Call to arms from an unlikely hemp advocate: ‘Upset the status quo!’
We’re at a time in history when the cannabis plant is being released from the lies and manipulations of people whose self-dealings have threatened our collective survival. Cognizant of the contradiction that a plant with so many beneficial properties has been illegal for decades, we are eager to assist the unleashing of its potential. The most recognizable attributes of cannabis come from the flower and seed – consciousness raising, pharmacological benefits, nutrition – these inspire us with opportunities to nurture our body, mind, and spirit. (Why has this been denied?) But the plant gives more: Fast growing, it produces abundant, high quality fiber and cellulose for cloth, paper and building materials that could allow us to leave fossil fuels and trees in the ground. [...]
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5 Ways Hemp Can Save the Planet – Rodale Institute
It was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 10,000 years ago. It has been grown and used all over the world. The first president of the United States of America even grew it as a cash crop. Is it cotton? No—it’s hemp. Hemp was a major cash crop in the Eastern United States until 1937, when it was outlawed as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. Since then, hemp has been illegal to grow and sell until almost a year ago, when President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, legalizing hemp by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act. Late last month, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a program that would allow farmers to grow hemp under federally-approved plans and make hemp producers eligible for a number of agricultural programs. This is big news for the hemp industry. Our water, air, and land are being polluted more than ever by textile manufacturing byproducts and plastic microparticles. With its resurgence as a cash crop and ability to integrate [...]
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Hempcrete And Sustainable Construction With Mattie Meade (Podcast)
On our podcast, Mattie Mead of Hempitecture explains why hempcrete is the sustainable building material of the future. Plus Matt looks at the year in hemp. What is hempcrete and how can it be a part of sustainable construction in the near future? What’s getting in the way of this great building material’s acceptance? In this episode of the Ministry of Hemp podcast, our host Matt recaps 2019’s year-in-hemp news and then sits down for a conversation with CEO and founder of Hempitecture, Mattie Mead. The two discuss Mattie’s history, his belief in renewable construction and hempcrete’s present and future. [...]
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Hemp Grower
NOTE: this is a "must subscribe" publication if you have real interest in Industrial Hemp. Supporting legal hemp cultivators with: industry trend analysis, business strategy, expert cultivation advice, extraction, marketing, financial topics, and legal issues. HG’s mission is to support legal hemp cultivators by providing actionable intelligence in all aspects of the business—from regulatory news to analysis of industry trends and business strategy, as well as expert advice on cultivation, extraction, marketing, financial topics, legal issues and more. HG focuses strictly on the business of legal hemp and aims to provide timely information—through its website, e-newsletter, print magazine and annual Cannabis Conference—to help the reader make timely, informed decisions to help them run their hemp businesses more efficiently and more profitably. The first issue of Hemp Grower will be published and distributed to subscribers in late 2019. [...]
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Hempwood | Fibonacci, LLC.
Our Mission Fibonacci, LLC aims to be a catalyst for a wave of innovation consumed by the idea that our cultural shift towards a more sustainable way of living is no longer a luxury, but a requirement. By using the algorithm of a tree, we have reverse engineered the natural growth cycle of plant-based materials and utilized bio-mimicry to transform hemp fibers and protein based bonding agents into a viable wood substitute that is 100 times faster to grow and 20% stronger than oak. With all typical wood applications being the core function of HempWood, the possibilities are nearly endless. Hemp With Bamboo Roots The idea of using hemp as a sustainable wood substitute was inspired by the experiences of our founder, Greg, while he was working for a bamboo flooring company years ago. Since then, Greg and his development team have worked tirelessly adapting the process of creating bamboo-based lumber into one that utilizes different plant species instead, like eucalyptus and hemp (patented [...]
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Hemp is the New Oak: America’s First Hemp “Wood” Factory is Being Built
“HempWood” is 20 percent harder than oak, and grows 100 times as fast. It’s a sustainable alternative for hardwood furniture, flooring and more. Now that it’s legal to grow hemp in the United States, a man who’s spent the last decade developing hemp “hardwood” is building a $6 million factory to manufacture the product en masse. His patented product called “HempWood” is made out of compressed hemp pulp fibers, held together with a soy-based glue. While that may sound like some newfangled version of particle board, it’s not. It looks and feels like oak, but is actually 20 percent harder than the famous hardwood tree. It also grows 100 times as fast. While it takes an oak tree at least 6 decades to mature, it takes hemp 6 months. Thats good news for oak trees, as they are among the most endangered trees in the planet because of the high demand for solid oak furniture. The owner of the new start up company Fibonacci, Greg Wilson, was a pioneer in the bamboo floo [...]
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Builders Are Using Hemp Instead of Concrete and It Could Save the Environment
It’s hard to imagine that cement could possibly be replaced by any other material for major construction projects, but the industry is starting to look at alternatives for a variety of different environmental and economic reasons. According to Bloomberg, cement manufacturers are responsible for roughly 7% of annual global carbon dioxide emissions. Furthermore, the massive demand for cement has created a global shortage of sand, which could have a disastrous impact on both the environment and the economy. Surprisingly, hemp-based concretes are among the most promising and environmentally sustainable alternatives to conventional concrete. This is not just a theoretical idea or prediction, but something that builders are already implementing in their architecture. 64-year-old Mac Radford, owner of JustBioFiber Structural Solutions, one of the leading manufacturers of hemp-concrete, says that demand for the material has increased so much in recent years that he is having a hard time k [...]
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ECO INNOVATION GROUP Announces LOI for Steel and Hemp Homes Joint Venture in Santa Barbara County
Palm Beach, Florida, Oct. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NEWMEDIAWIRE -- ECO INNOVATION GROUP, INC. (OTC:ECOX) (“ECOx” or the “Company”), an Innovation Incubator platform devoted to globally important paradigm shifts in technology, sustainable and carbon negative products development and deployment, will introduce a more affordable fire, hurricane, earthquake and flood resilient steel framing construction system importantly complemented by industrial hemp building materials. ECO Innovation Group is pleased to announce that it has entered an LOI to establish its West Coast base of operations for the company’s wholly owned construction subsidiary, Steel Hemp Homes Inc (SHH), in Santa Barbara County, California. ECOx shall enter into a Joint Venture with Long Canyon Properties Holdings LLC to establish mobile facilities on 3 acres initially, with option to expand to 13 acres total with mutual agreement within 6 months of binding the LOI. This project has been in discussion [...]
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How this Former Music Entrepreneur Transitioned to Hemp (and Hemp Guitars)
After working in the entertainment industry for over 25 years, Morris Beegle decided it was time for a change in career path. Inspired by the possibilities the hemp plant holds, as well as by the hemp industry’s rapidly changing landscape, he joined forces with Elizabeth Knight, who had a 20-year long sales and project management career, and together the two dove into creating alternative options to everyday products, such as hemp-based T-shirts and paper products. Seven years later, the duo, based out of Loveland, Colorado, now owns a handful of companies that utilize hemp, including a hemp-based printing company called Tree Free Hemp, Silver Mountain Hemp Guitars, and One Planet Hemp, which focuses on the production of promotional hemp-based merchandise for companies and musicians. Each of these companies lies under Beegle and Knight’s umbrella company WAFBA, which stands for We Are For Better Alternatives. [...]
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International Hemp Building Association – IHBA
The aims of this association are to develop, promote and support the production and use of all hemp based construction materials and their by-products in a sustainable and bio-regional manner for the benefit of the ecology and communities of all regions of the world. The IHBA aims to work for the gathering and dissemination of knowledge about the materials and systems from those developing and using them to those wishing to. The IHBA will assist members developing systems both from the point of view of production of the materials to their use in vernacular and new styles of architecture appropriate to their region. The IHBA will work to educate and inform the relative government and trade bodies to help in the establishment of the infrastructure necessary to create a hemp building industry throughout the international community. The IHBA will at all times work to ensure that the use of such materials has the least environmental impact possible. [...]
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Tiny Hemp Houses KC Stark And John Patterson
Cannabis Community Radio Tiny Hemp Houses KC Stark And John Patterson: John Patterson joins KCMJ Radio and talks about the advantages and science of hemp home construction. Amazing hour of news you can use to build non toxic earth friendly homes. TinyHempHouses.com [...]
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Hempcrete could change the game in construction
Smokebrush Farm, an urban farm located on roughly 6 acres in Manitou Springs, plans to use an innovative building material this season. Hempcrete — a mixture of water, lime and the plant’s “hurd,” the woody portion of the hemp stalk broken up into small pieces — will be used for several projects that will eventually lead into workshops. The farm is an offshoot of the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts, an organization that hosts a variety of creative community events in the area. It utilizes biodynamic farming practices, an agricultural approach similar to organic farming but with a stronger emphasis on building holistic systems that maximize efficiency. And hempcrete fits well with that ethic. “We’ll be doing hempcrete here over the next couple weeks,” Smokebrush Farm Manager Jeremy Tackett said in early March. “There are three hemp projects on this property.” Among them, a “cosmic solar system slab” that will resemble a patio slab and serve as the centerpiece [...]
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Steel and Hemp Homes Joint Venture in Santa Barbara County
Visit > http://steelhemphomes.com/ ECO Innovation Group is pleased to announce that it has entered an LOI to establish its West Coast base of operations for the company’s wholly owned construction subsidiary, Steel Hemp Homes Inc (SHH), in Santa Barbara County, California. ECOx shall enter into a Joint Venture with Long Canyon Properties Holdings LLC to establish mobile facilities on 3 acres initially, with option to expand to 13 acres total with mutual agreement within 6 months of binding the LOI. This project has been in discussion for many months with the intent to develop ecologically leading-edge single family and multi family structures showcasing innovative industrial hemp materials importantly complementing a catastrophe resilient steel framing system. ECOx / SHH operations will not only prototype the Steel Hemp structures but also serve as a mobile education center to illustrate the inspiring science, history, and many importantly significant benefits of industrial he [...]
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MILLIØNS explores the future of hempcrete in the United States
First developed in France in the 1980s, hempcrete appears to be a miracle material in contrast to its traditional cousin, beginning with how it’s produced. Not only do the hemp fields from which it originates absorb airborne carbon while they grow, but the crops continue to absorb greenhouse gases after they are harvested and transformed into building materials—287 pounds of airborne carbon dioxide are estimated to be captured by one cubic meter (35 cubic feet) of hempcrete, while a half-ton is emitted into the atmosphere by each ton of cement, according to the European Cement Association. Hempcrete is also up to eight times lighter than concrete, meaning it takes significantly less energy to transport, minimizing its carbon footprint even further. When the inner woody core of hemp plants, known as hemp hurds, is mixed with lime or clay as a binding agent, the fibrous consistency of hempcrete has demonstrated better ventilation, fire resistance, and temperature regulation propert [...]
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What Is Strength & Why Is Hemp Stronger Than Steel?
What does it mean to be strong? There are two ways to measure strength.- Crack & Break like a dry tree branch.- Bend & Mend like a metal spring in a pen. Imagine a dry tree branch in both hands. It’s pretty stiff & doesn’t bend. Nothing really happens until you apply a lot of pressure. When you put a lot of pressure on the branch, it doesn’t bend. It cracks & breaks! Next. Imagine squishing a spring between two fingers. It bends & mends back to its original position with ease. Even when you put a LOT of pressure on it, it is rather hard to make a spring crack and break. Just like it is hard for a dry tree branch to bend & mend back to its original position. The two measurements of strength are; crack & break and bend & mend. With these two measurements of strength, we are easily able to understand why hemp is stronger than steel. - Hemp can hold almost twice the weight as steel before it cracks and breaks. And.- Hemp can bend and mend almost six ti [...]
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