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Hemp Building Materials - Are They The Future?

Hemp is ideally cannabis sativa, particularly the coarse outer fibers together with shorter finer fibers concentrated on the inside. The hemp plant also has seeds that produce oil when pressed. The components of hemp plant have been useful in manufacturing different building products and materials that resemble concrete, wood or even plastic. Plastic, roofing tiles, bricks, fiberboard, wallboard, insulation and paneling are some of the well-known hemp building materials that have been made using the inner short hemp-fiber, compressed into strong building materials. The hemp fibers on the outer side have also been used in conjunction with mud to get an old-design cob building.

When compressed, the inner hemp fibers can make foundations. Filling hemp plywood frames with these inner fibers, sand cement, stone, plaster and lime using enough water can help dampen the material and make it tougher when dry, usually within a week. The most fascinating thing about this is that the hemp plaster weighs only half as much, but is seven times tougher and thrice as pliable. When reinforced with hemp, much less concrete can be used to attain as stronger materials as when long hemp fibers are used.

What Hemp Can Be Used For

Today, hemp building materials can be used to build all-hemp homes. Hemp plastic has also been very useful in making pipes, while hemp wallboards have contributed to wall-building. In addition, homeowners have continued to insulate their homes using hemp. Hemp oil, when added to paint, can be used in making hemp plaster. Other uses of hemp include hemp bricks, carpet, and roofing material. However, the list is not exhaustive.

The Current Cost of Hemp Building Materials

Today, building your home using hemp remains costly compared to traditional building materials because you cannot grow hemp in your back garden in the UK, without the appropriate licence, due to the legal consequences. Therefore, until it is legal to for you to grow hemp freely where you live, building using hemp will remain costly. Regardless, using hemp to build remains the better option worth your effort. Hemp has proven to be a useful building material due to its hardiness and ease of production. Moreover, it is environment friendly.

Hemp is the Future of Building

The advocacy for green homes and green living has been on the rise. A hemp home is the hope for future green living. As time goes by, the demand for stronger, healthier homes keep rising. People suffering from allergies, asthma, or 'environmental illness’ may be cured of these ailments by considering clear-air, toxic-free homes built using safe materials.

Hemp is the way to go. There is an increased requirement for sustainable practices when it comes to consumer and commercial products. With the continuous ban on plastics implemented across countries, hemp could provide a more sustainable solution. Hemp-based products can replace virtually all chemical constituents that make up the average home, including plastics, paints, petroleum products, glue, carpeting and synthetic fibers. This helps to get rid of all chemicals that occupy your living space.

Hemp-based fiber boards are not only stronger, but also lighter than wood-based ones. In addition, they hold nails better. Apparently, an acre of hemp can generate an amount of cellulose fiber pulp equal to that generated from about 4 acres of trees. This makes hemp the most suitable material to use in place of trees when making pressed and particle boards.

Benefits of Hemp

A soundproofing system can be attained by combining hemp with lime to form hempcrete. This also insulates better than concrete. Hempcrete is resistant to mold, is versatile, sustainable and does not rot. It is also nontoxic, unlike drywall. As a recyclable material, hemp from your old house can be reused to build a new house. Hempcrete can be used in a range of applications, including roof insulation and flooring. In addition, it is both fireproof and waterproof.

Hemp building materials are increasingly becoming popular today. It is undeniable that one of its most innovative uses and applications today include in the building materials sector. It can be used to build various types of building materials, thereby potentially supplementing or replacing all of the traditional building materials, such as concrete and wood. However, since concrete is ubiquitous, many people prefer to use it when doing their building and construction. As the popularity of hemp continues to grow, we can only hope that more people will be interested in using it to build and insulate their homes.