A sustainable house built with Cannabis derivative
Since many countries do not distinguish hemp – the names of the varieties of the Cannabis plant and the name of the fiber obtained from them – of the plant’s more specific varieties containing tetrahydrocannabionol, the psychoactive substance, the plant’s potential as a building material Have been ignored.
However, a proponent of the use of hemp as a building material, Tony Budden, joined forces with the Dutch architect Erwin van der Weerd of Perfect Places to build the first South African hemp house in Noordhoek. The purpose of housing is to show the plant’s unknown potential as a building material and to persuade the Government to remove obstacles to the commercial development of one of the most resilient, versatile, fast-growing materials with a high potential for carbon dioxide absorption Earth.
Tony Budden wanted to give the Hemp House the smallest possible ecological footprint, but had to import most of the materials, as South Africa has a shortage of hemp products, writes Inhabitat. Modular interior walls are insulated with hemp and are sealed with magnesium oxide plates. The outer walls are made of a kind of hemp cement produced from lime, which requires less energy in its production and is less dense than traditional cement.
The housing has passive ventilation and heating and is very well insulated, being partially powered by solar energy. The floors are made from a sustainable cork byproduct and 85% of the furniture and storage are produced from hemp. Used waste water is also treated and recycled. The house is also equipped with LEDs to reduce energy consumption and was painted with ecological paints.
The House of Hemp is not only an example of an architectural achievement at the level of sustainable construction but also the determination of a man to overcome prejudiced obstacles.