Hemp Lime Hempcrete in New York

Hemp mixed with lime, aka hempcrete, is not concrete and thus needs structural support. It's main use is insulation and air sealing. In this photo it is stick frame. In the future we suspect somebody will find a way to make it structural. A skilled green builder could use this for NY extensions as well as insulating existing brick structures.

Hemp mixed with lime, aka hempcrete, is not concrete and thus needs structural support. It’s main use is insulation and air sealing. In this photo it is stick frame. In the future we suspect somebody will find a way to make it structural. A skilled green builder could use this for NY extensions as well as insulating existing brick structures.

My friend Jim Savage from Build Green just sent me his latest presentation on Hemp-Lime, also called Hempcrete. His company is gearing up to provide the New York area with hemp that is sourced on this continent. Us green contractors are very excited by this prospect.

Hemp is still imported from Europe where it is widely used in France as a building material with great success. But to import it to the US is not the most carbon friendly process. As a New York green builder the lack of hemp-lime installation in our services offered is a real pain. With Build Green’s efforts we are hopeful that hemp will soon become available more locally and more affordably.

When you mix hemp with lime it creates a wonderful substance that outperforms many of the current semi-structural insulation products available on the market, at an exponentially more ecological impact.

Please check out the brochure below. It outlines hemp-lime’s historical use and its many key benefits.

GreenBuilt_Eco-Brooklyn Hemp-Lime

Hemp grows quickly and as it does it absorbs massive amounts of CO2. When you cut it and put it into buildings you are sequestering that CO2.

Hemp grows quickly and as it does it absorbs massive amounts of CO2. When you cut it and put it into buildings you are sequestering that CO2.


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