Growing up you believe the world is meant to be the way it is. The older I get the more I realise that this is not the case. The world is full of injustices and atrocities that governments and the voice of faith expect us to accept, though with each passing year they grow fewer and fewer, at least one would hope. I have created this blog as a space for me to rant about all things science, politics, philosophy and religion, before it’s too late and the vessel of new atheism propelled by a growing surge in secularism solves all of the world’s problems for good.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Hempcrete, what's all the fuss about?

Hempcrete block
This stuff is uber cool, it's concrete made from Cannabis. It's called hempcrete and is made of hemp hurds and lime. It's awesome because it's much more durable than concrete lasting many more decades than standard concrete. It's 15% the density of concrete and a single metre cubed of the stuff can sequester 165kgs of carbon, which is a very important fact in the face of climate change. So it's carbon negative, which concrete is most definitely not with buildings in the US accounting for 30% of their carbon emissions. It also works as a great insulator and moisture regulator, keeping the cool air out and warm air in in winter, and the visa versa in summer.

It has the same aesthetic look is much the same as concrete, so I definitely think that it provides only positives when compared with concrete. We should really be taking full advantage of this stuff!

Hempcrete building foundation
Hempcrete house

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