Hemp: The Next Building Material for WV

Hemp is positioned to shake up another major industry in West Virginia, and that’s concrete. Whenever hempcrete is compared to concrete, it really is a no brainer between which material is the smarter solution. Some hempcrete functions are:

-Used in Walls, Floors, Roofs, Wall Insulation, ect.
-Fire, Water, and Rot Proof if Above Ground
-Negative Carbon Footprint
-Earthquake Resilient
-Less Energy than Concrete to Produce
-Strong, Lightweight, Breathable Material
-Material Hardens With Time, Lasts Thousands of Years Compared to Concrete’s 100s
-If Over Mixed, Surplus of Hempcrete Can Make Great Fertilizer

How hempcrete is made is with ground hemp hurd, water, and lime is used as the binding agent. Intense heat is used to treat the lime when used to make concrete as opposed to hempcrete. The material is stronger and more resilient to the environment, while being environmentally friendly at the same time.

As acreage of hemp being grown domestically increases, hempcrete will become a more and more economically sound choice for building as the price becomes competitive.

Email wvhfc.inc@gmail.com for inquires on how to become involved in the WV hemp industry.

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