Hempcrete

Hmy name is house. Am I beautiful..?? People also called green building to me.  They called me so may be because my body most part is made from hempcrete. Do you know what is hemcrete/hemplime…??                                                                                                                     

Let me tell you, hempcrete is mixture of lime, hemp hurds, sand and pozzolones.  You can also found hempcrete  in market under names Canobiote, Canosmose, Isochanvre and IsoHemp. It is believed that houses like me are build since as early as 8000 BCE (Allegret, 2013). I have different mechanical properties because of which I am being popular in geoengineering nowadays. People said that construction industry accounts for about 10% of the total carbon emissions which can be counter by building me, mean hempcrete house. Because I am biodegradable in nature as I am from agronomical origin. It was found that using every kilogram of hempcrete can sequester about 1.6 to 1.8 kg of carbon dioxide.

Okay I will tell about some of my specialties.

  • I am made by lightweight concrete and these hempcrete recently being used as in-fill material in non-structural applications like in between timbers where it can act as wall and insulating material in cold areas.
  • I am fairly resistant to sodium chloride salt exposure and biological deterioration due to microbial attack (Walker et al., 2014) being built by hempcrete.
  • I gain strength over time because hempcrete and lime mixture undergoes carbonation across a span of several years and turns into limestone,
  • It was found that using every kilogram of hempcrete can sequester about 1.6 to 1.8 kg of carbon dioxide.

Therefore, if you want your building to be carbon neutral you can also build houses like me using hempcrete available in your market. 

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