The implementation of hempcrete in a renovation of a local home in Belgium by the architects Martens Van Caimere Architecten has contributed to make hemp a considerable material when it comes to sustainable building solutions in contemporary architecture.
Hepcrete is a hemp- based insulation, containing characteristics similar to concrete, but provides a more sustainable and economical alternative to it. It is carbon negative, water- and fireproof, provides a sufficient insulation, is completely recyclable and acts as a moisture regulator. The mixture of hemp, water and lime can not only be used as insulation but also as finishing, this is conducive for reducing the building costs and making the building process easier and faster.
The owners of the house wanted their home to be as energy efficient as possible, therefore it contains additionally to the hempcrete solar panels, a rainwater filtration system as well a wood-burning stove to heat the water.
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