Entrepreneur hopes home shows potential of ”hempcrete”
As the state takes its first tentative steps to allow growing of hemp, a Hudson Valley entrepreneur is betting that the plant — the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana — will become a cash crop for an ecologically friendly building material.Read More›
What LEED Credit is Almost Never Achieved?
One of the key features of the LEED rating systems is that, after satisfying minimum program requirements and prerequisites, project teams may select from the available compilation of LEED credits. Those options are key not only because there is no one homogenous building type but also because owners may have sustainable features they wish pursued.
But surprising to some, there is one LEED credit that stands out, by far, as the least earned.
James Savage, a Wall Street analyst, was disturbed when he saw the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. The feeling continued when after the water subsided, the homes that survived were uninhabitable because they had been overtaken with mold. “There has to be something better we can do than this,” he recalls thinking. The solution he discovered was hempcrete, a mold-resistant cement-like building material made from cannabis.Read More›
REAL ESTATE HOME CONSTRUCTION
The New Green Building Trend is Bricks of Cannabis. Really.
Brad Tuttle @bradrtuttle July 8, 2015
Hemp, which can be mixed with lime and water to make “hempcrete” blocks, has been used for decades as a building material in Europe.
Builders are using cannabis “not in joints but between joists.”
Hemp fiber can be made into a number of products. The seeds have many uses as well.
Editorial: Let’s legalize industrial hemp across the country
Federal authorities are way behind the bush on dealing with hemp, but an increasing number of states, now including Connecticut, have it right.Read More›
JULY 6, 2015 The Appraisal By MATT A.V. CHABAN
STUYVESANT, N.Y. — It started with Hurricane Katrina: the flooded houses in New Orleans festering with mold, many uninhabitable to this day. Then came the earthquake in Haiti: thousands dead, crushed by homes that should have been their sanctuaries.Read More›
Here’s Tim Callahan of Alembic Studio, the most experienced hempcrete designer in the U.S., along with Brad Madera, who’s similarly experienced in the hands-on use of the material, discussing and demonstrating hemp-lime building.