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Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health

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About 30 years ago, the European legislations changed in favour of hemp. People said that this green development has potential. This green crop was developed to thousands of products for several sectors, like automotive, textile, industrial design, medical, food, cosmetic, paper, animal bedding and care, paint, biomass and construction.

Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health

Hemp farming and processing around the world is only sustainable when taking into account the whole resource as well as local circumstances. Sadly, this is not always the case due to economic interests. Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health is a follow up to Hemps Multifunctional Versatile Applications. Does It Work? where we wrote that hemp could be one of the most ecologically durable and promising alternatives to concrete and several other applications.

Hemp Construction: Energy, Water, Resources

Hrvesting combine hemp

Do you know that construction consumes about 40 per cent of the world's global energy, 25 per cent of the worldwide water and 40 per cent of the global resources (UN Environment Program, 2016)? We can change this. Hempcrete could be very interesting for climate change. We could reduce operational energy, e.g. air conditioning, due to the insulating properties of hemp.

Is hemp a good building material?
The hurds (also known as shives) are strong enough that they can be used in building. Hemp has other properties that make it a good building material. A hemp crop can be ready to harvest in 4-6 months, and its roots grow densely enough that weeds aren't a problem.

Hemp Material For Construction In France

In the article mentioned above, you can read that France already uses hemp as a construction material. Early 1990s France started to develop in using hemp as an insulating construction material. Other European countries followed, and for 15 years, hemp has the attention of the world. Two main components of hemp are used as materials: fibre and the more woody core.

Hemp building blocks

Hemp is excellent in use: it is free of nutrients for parasites, it does not require protection, like wood or some other plants. And last: it is hardly flammable (classification B1 or B2). Hemp-based building materials range from loose wool or thermally welded insulation boards and felt for acoustic attenuation or levelling to chipboard for drywalls and ceilings (up to 100% hemp), pellets for boards (pressed dust, hemp fibre decortication), hemp fibre-reinforced polymers for façade boards and curtain walls and hemp oil-based varnishes. Hemp insulation panels replace non-renewable and energy-consuming insulation materials such as glass and stone wool, which have the same or very similar thermal conductivity coefficients.

Hemp As Insulation Material

Is hemp a good insulator?
Hemp makes an excellent insulator. This is due to its low conductivity levels and its high thermal mass

Hemp concrete is the most all-around insulation material. If you mix it, e.g. with lime, hemp hurts (or you can use other natural binders) and water, this material only uses up to one cubic meter hemp hurds per constructed square metre. Its suitability for interior applications and its diffusion of water vapour make it very interesting, not only for bioclimatic architecture but also for the retrofitting of vernacular architecture. Besides, a 30 cm thick hemp concrete wall without mesh allows for storage of 36.08 kg CO2 per m2.

Hands, red gloves, hemp

Structural vault of hemp concrete

The principal fields of application are concrete for manually compacted, cast walls, sprayed insulation coatings, interior and exterior plasters, prefabricated blocks and panels for non-load-bearing or load-bearing applications, floor plates, sheets and roof insulation, including structural use such as vaulting and domed roofs.

Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings


                                      Building with Hemp – An Incredible Natural Insulation & Sustainable Material
                                                   Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health

Could you imagine that concrete could be replaced by anything else? The industry is calling for other ecological and economical alternatives. Cement manufacturers are responsible for approximately 7% of annual global CO2-emissions. Besides, the high demand for cement has led to a considerable shortage of sand. This could be catastrophic for the economy and the environment. Luckily, it has proven that hemp could be one of the most promising and sustainable alternatives for conventional concrete. Builders are already implementing concrete in their construction/architecture.

wall constructed with hemp

Hemp As Modern Building Material

Is Hempcrete waterproof?
Hempcrete, unlike traditional concrete, does not produce large cracks under movement. Waterproof, fireproof and 100 per cent recyclable, hempcrete can also be used as a fertiliser once demolished.

Hemp fibres are also used as a modern building material, an application that is successfully used and exploited in France. Hemp fibres can be mixed with water and limestone to form a solid, lightweight, natural cement. It has not only excellent insulating qualities but also offers more flexibility than conventional concrete, making it very useful as a construction material in areas where earthquakes happen a lot.

House built with hemp

Dutch Dun Agro Builders Use Hempcrete

The Dutch company, Dun Agro, has presented a hemp home. The hempcrete of Dun Agro is made of fibres, water and lime. It has to dry for three months and then you can assemble it to create an entire home. People are looking for alternatives because there is not sufficient sand to sustain the demand for conventional concrete.

Hemp pre fap house Dutch Dun Agro

You may not know it, but sand is the second most widely used natural resource in the world and is only outdone by water. This high demand often creates an incentive for criminal cartels to fight over resource-rich areas of developing countries, disrupting the local ecosystem and intimidating citizens who are trying to get in their way.

Is hemp stronger than steel?
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. ... Hemp can bend and mend almost six times better than steel.

If the construction sector were to adopt a renewable alternative such as hemp entirely, it could drastically improve some of these social, ecological and economic problems. Dun Agro is not the only Dutch company that used hemp to build a home. Another Dutch architectural firm Werkstatt created the first Dutch house constructed entirely from hempcrete.

Hemp house Dun Agro finished

Werkstatt Architects Build House From Hempcrete

Werkstatt hemp house

The hempcrete home is situated in Oudega, Friesland. The material of the house offers a healthy interior with its breathing capacities. The most important construction of the house is made of oak. Hempcrete is poured into the timber frame construction; this provides a homogenous, insulating wall. The home is designed to be self-sufficient, using compost toilets and generating its own energy. The shape of the house is designed to fit in the landscape but is updated with modern qualities. Werkstatt wanted to use as many natural construction materials as possible. This is not only comfortable but also breathable and has regulatory characteristics. This fits the simple and elegant aesthetics of Werkstatt.

Henry Ford Build A Car From Hemp

poster Henry Ford Hemp Car

Hemp goes way back. In 1941 Henry ford built a car from 'hemp plastic'. The cool thing was that he also ran on hemp fuel, pressed from seeds. Returning from the past: automotive manufacturers are turning to hemp as a resource to provide cars from lightweight, shock absorbent and ecologically material. Finally, some of the top automotive manufacturers are following Ford in his footsteps.

Hemps And Fashion

Is hemp a good fabric?
Hemp fiber is one of the strongest and most durable of all natural textile fibers. Due to the porous nature of the fiber, hemp is more water absorbent, and will dye and retain its color better than any fabric including cotton. This porous nature allows hemp to 'breathe', so that it is cool in warm weather.

As mentioned before, hemp has strong natural fibres, which can be used for canvass and sails. But sustainable work clothes (e.g. jeans) are also made from fibres. When the hemp crops are grown close together, the fibre is shorter and more delicate, which can be used for delicate textile. Nowadays, fashion designers are experimenting with hemp in bags, clothing, shirts, suits, and whatsoever.

man and woman hemp clothing

Hemp Oil Uses

Hemp contains herb and can be used for skin and hair products. Next to hair or skin products, hemp is utilized in health issues, like painkiller or medicine. You can also use hemp after a shower or bath; massaging your body with hemp, increases the blood circulation. It prevents skin conditions, like eczema, psoriasis, acne and dry skin. Hemp oil could replace olive oil, but it is not suitable to cook at high temperature. It can give a slightly nutty and crispy taste to food.

You already read that hemp oil is an alternative for biodiesel. It is safe because it is not toxic and does not harm the environment. Next to the applications mentioned above, hemp is a perfect substitution for paint. It has very low emissions and is not harmful to the environment.

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Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health

About 30 years ago, the European legislations changed in favour of hemp. People said that this green development has potential. This green crop was developed to thousands of products for several sectors, like automotive, textile, industrial design, medical, food, cosmetic, paper, animal bedding and care, paint, biomass and construction. Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health Hemp farming and processing around the world is only sustainable when taking into account the whole resource as well as local circumstances. Sadly, this is not always the case due to economic interests. Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health is a follow up to  Hemps Multifunctional Versatile Applications. Does It Work?  where we wrote that hemp could be one of the most ecologically durable and promising alternatives to concrete and several other applications. Hemp Construction: Energy, Water, Resources Do you know that construction consumes about 40 per cent of the world's global energy, 25 per cent of the worldwide water and 40 per cent of the global resources (UN Environment Program, 2016)? We can change this. Hempcrete could be very interesting for climate change. We could reduce operational energy, e.g. air conditioning, due to the insulating properties of hemp. Is hemp a good building material? The hurds (also known as shives) are strong enough that they can be used in building. Hemp has other properties that make it a good building material. A hemp crop can be ready to harvest in 4-6 months, and its roots grow densely enough that weeds aren't a problem. Hemp Material For Construction In France In the article mentioned above, you can read that France already uses hemp as a construction material. Early 1990s France started to develop in using hemp as an insulating construction material. Other European countries followed, and for 15 years, hemp has the attention of the world. Two main components of hemp are used as materials: fibre and the more woody core. Hemp is excellent in use: it is free of nutrients for parasites, it does not require protection, like wood or some other plants. And last: it is hardly flammable (classification B1 or B2). Hemp-based building materials range from loose wool or thermally welded insulation boards and felt for acoustic attenuation or levelling to chipboard for drywalls and ceilings (up to 100% hemp), pellets for boards (pressed dust, hemp fibre decortication), hemp fibre-reinforced polymers for façade boards and curtain walls and hemp oil-based varnishes. Hemp insulation panels replace non-renewable and energy-consuming insulation materials such as glass and stone wool, which have the same or very similar thermal conductivity coefficients. Hemp As Insulation Material Is hemp a good insulator? Hemp makes an excellent insulator. This is due to its low conductivity levels and its high thermal mass Hemp concrete is the most all-around insulation material. If you mix it, e.g. with lime, hemp hurts (or you can use other natural binders) and water, this material only uses up to one cubic meter hemp hurds per constructed square metre. Its suitability for interior applications and its diffusion of water vapour make it very interesting, not only for bioclimatic architecture but also for the retrofitting of vernacular architecture. Besides, a 30 cm thick hemp concrete wall without mesh allows for storage of 36.08 kg CO2 per m2. Structural vault of hemp concrete The principal fields of application are concrete for manually compacted, cast walls, sprayed insulation coatings, interior and exterior plasters, prefabricated blocks and panels for non-load-bearing or load-bearing applications, floor plates, sheets and roof insulation, including structural use such as vaulting and domed roofs. Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings {youtube}                                       Building with Hemp – An Incredible Natural Insulation & Sustainable Material                                                    Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health Could you imagine that concrete could be replaced by anything else? The industry is calling for other ecological and economical alternatives. Cement manufacturers are responsible for approximately 7% of annual global CO2-emissions. Besides, the high demand for cement has led to a considerable shortage of sand. This could be catastrophic for the economy and the environment. Luckily, it has proven that hemp could be one of the most promising and sustainable alternatives for conventional concrete. Builders are already implementing concrete in their construction/architecture. Hemp As Modern Building Material Is Hempcrete waterproof? Hempcrete, unlike traditional concrete, does not produce large cracks under movement. Waterproof, fireproof and 100 per cent recyclable, hempcrete can also be used as a fertiliser once demolished. Hemp fibres are also used as a modern building material, an application that is successfully used and exploited in France. Hemp fibres can be mixed with water and limestone to form a solid, lightweight, natural cement. It has not only excellent insulating qualities but also offers more flexibility than conventional concrete, making it very useful as a construction material in areas where earthquakes happen a lot. Dutch Dun Agro Builders Use Hempcrete The Dutch company, Dun Agro, has presented a hemp home. The hempcrete of Dun Agro is made of fibres, water and lime. It has to dry for three months and then you can assemble it to create an entire home. People are looking for alternatives because there is not sufficient sand to sustain the demand for conventional concrete. You may not know it, but sand is the second most widely used natural resource in the world and is only outdone by water. This high demand often creates an incentive for criminal cartels to fight over resource-rich areas of developing countries, disrupting the local ecosystem and intimidating citizens who are trying to get in their way. Is hemp stronger than steel? 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. ... Hemp can bend and mend almost six times better than steel. If the construction sector were to adopt a renewable alternative such as hemp entirely, it could drastically improve some of these social, ecological and economic problems. Dun Agro is not the only Dutch company that used hemp to build a home. Another Dutch architectural firm Werkstatt created the first Dutch house constructed entirely from hempcrete. Werkstatt Architects Build House From Hempcrete The hempcrete home is situated in Oudega, Friesland. The material of the house offers a healthy interior with its breathing capacities. The most important construction of the house is made of oak. Hempcrete is poured into the timber frame construction; this provides a homogenous, insulating wall. The home is designed to be self-sufficient, using compost toilets and generating its own energy. The shape of the house is designed to fit in the landscape but is updated with modern qualities. Werkstatt wanted to use as many natural construction materials as possible. This is not only comfortable but also breathable and has regulatory characteristics. This fits the simple and elegant aesthetics of Werkstatt. Henry Ford Build A Car From Hemp Hemp goes way back. In 1941 Henry ford built a car from 'hemp plastic'. The cool thing was that he also ran on hemp fuel, pressed from seeds. Returning from the past: automotive manufacturers are turning to hemp as a resource to provide cars from lightweight, shock absorbent and ecologically material. Finally, some of the top automotive manufacturers are following Ford in his footsteps. Hemps And Fashion Is hemp a good fabric? Hemp fiber is one of the strongest and most durable of all natural textile fibers. Due to the porous nature of the fiber, hemp is more water absorbent, and will dye and retain its color better than any fabric including cotton. This porous nature allows hemp to 'breathe', so that it is cool in warm weather. As mentioned before, hemp has strong natural fibres, which can be used for canvass and sails. But sustainable work clothes (e.g. jeans) are also made from fibres. When the hemp crops are grown close together, the fibre is shorter and more delicate, which can be used for delicate textile. Nowadays, fashion designers are experimenting with hemp in bags, clothing, shirts, suits, and whatsoever. Hemp Oil Uses Hemp contains herb and can be used for skin and hair products. Next to hair or skin products, hemp is utilized in health issues, like painkiller or medicine. You can also use hemp after a shower or bath; massaging your body with hemp, increases the blood circulation. It prevents skin conditions, like eczema, psoriasis, acne and dry skin. Hemp oil could replace olive oil, but it is not suitable to cook at high temperature. It can give a slightly nutty and crispy taste to food. You already read that hemp oil is an alternative for biodiesel. It is safe because it is not toxic and does not harm the environment. Next to the applications mentioned above, hemp is a perfect substitution for paint. It has very low emissions and is not harmful to the environment. Before you go! Recommended:  Greenest Buildings In The World: Sustainable Highlights Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about Hemp? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
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