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The materials used to create hempcrete biocomposites absorb CO2 during the curing process. Additionally, CO2 is absorbed and offset during the life cycle of the industrial hemp plant. Few decisions in your construction program can take as much carbon out of the atmosphere as deciding to build with hempcrete.
Hempcrete is one-eighth the weight of concrete. It is non-load-bearing and best described as a masonry infill material with a porous, airy, fibrous composition. It is currently in the spotlight for several reasons: It’s a high-performance insulator, able to regulate the moisture content of the house (providing a sense of comfort and relief from allergies), and so eminently carbon-negative it can mitigate the carbon footprint of the entire house building process.
Throughout the world, bamboo and hemp are used in hundreds of ways.
Bamboo and hemp both have a long history and have remarkable features in the way they grow. Both hemp and bamboo grow easily and abundantly. Trees do not need to be cut down for lumber, making both a plus to deforestation. In fact, using more hemp and bamboo can save trees and forests.
For affordable housing in the developing world, and for stylish sustainability in more upscale communities, bamboo buildings are not what they used to be.
Bamboo is undoubtedly one of the strongest, most versatile materials for construction. And when you consider the fact that the construction industry is responsible for about 35-40% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the need for more eco-friendly buildings is impossible to ignore.
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