Hempcrete is gaining popularity as a building material, primarily used as an insulation in framed walls. It makes a lot of sense as a local building material, and can be challenging to source if there isn't a local supplier. If you are considering hempcrete we can help with best practice and code alignment, so you have a safe and healthy home.
Basically a simple mixture of hemp hurds and a lime-based binder, a hempcrete mix can be poured and tamped into a wall cavity, fitting around framing and providing a monolithic/continuous insulation in the walls. The walls need a controlled cure/dry that balances the removal of moisture added during mixing with the needs of the lime to get a good 'set'. With a good initial cure/dry, and a properly matched finishing coat of plaster or similar, the walls will act as a vapour-open assembly, managing humidity and indoor air quality while also being highly insulative, anti-fungal/mold/bacteria, and highly fire-resistant.
Here in Canada with our cold climate, hempcrete acts primarily as an insulation. The vapour open properties (primarily due to lime) means it will take in water vapour from the air and store it within the wall - a humidity 'battery'. Humidity control is an extremely valuable property in cold climates.
Hempcrete thermal mass properties come from humidity stores in the hempcrete itself - a continuously changing moisture content. If the wall has achieved the critical first cure/set, it will excel at moisture storage, and it is this storage of moisture that gives hempcrete its thermal mass properties - keeps homes comfortable and cool in the summer, and comfortable and warm in the winter.
Hempcrete is an excellent option for homes and structures, especially those designed using passive-solar principles, and those looking to be highly energy efficient with a healthy indoor environment. Code approval as an alternate-solution is the most common route, and we can help you by working with your local building authorities to make it happen.
AAC is a mixture of cement, find sand, water, and foam. It's 75% lighter than concrete and the majority of the ingredient are of natural rare materials: sand, lime, water. By-products of production and fully recycled back into the production process. AAC does not contain aggregates, has high thermal insulation, is fast and efficient to build with, and is virtually fire-proof.
Until recently AAC couldn't compete with the stick framing industry, and despite being in major use around the world since the 1920's, gained little ground in Canada. AAC is exceptionally versatile - it comes in blocks, panels (including floor and roof panels), cladding, and more. It's high load-bearing capacity can eliminate lumber usage in wall construction completely.
SUSTAINABLE & FAST CONSTRUCTION
AAC is the next step in quick, cost effective, high performance, and sustainable construction. It is the step we need to reduce lumber and concrete usage in our built environment. It can be combined with carbon-negative insulation materials like hempcrete to provide healthy indoor environments. It is the TOP solution for fire-proof homes.
Multi-level, large scale, high performance - multi-level, large scale options.
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