The Future Is Now
A few Young New Zealanders are using a new technology to construct strong, sustainable and fire retardant houses.
These Māori innovators are using Hemp to create eco-friendly and affordable houses. Since Hemp has a growing cycle of only 12 weeks, it can be harvested and turned into building blocks much more quickly and affordably than the current common use of pine, which takes 25 years.
Hempcrete is a bio-composite made of the inner woody core of the hemp plant mixed with a lime-based binder. The hemp core or “Shiv” has a high silica content which allows it to bind well with lime. This property is unique to hemp among all natural fibers. After setting it in a mould, the result is a lightweight cementitious insulating material weighing about a seventh or an eighth of the weight of concrete. Pretty awesome!
ECHO – East Coast Hemp Organisation, is a company launched by four young Māori innovators based in Hawke's Bay that are turning Hemp into houses. With only 12 weeks for Hemp to mature compared to 25 years for Pine, they see it as the way forward in New Zealand.
Posted by Kiwi Cannasseur on Tuesday, December 8, 2015