B.C. entrepreneur pushing "hempcrete" as a building material for walls
Hempcrete is made by mixing the woody core of the hemp plant with a lime-based binder. The mixture is slip-formed over a wood-frame wall.
May 28, 2014 by Steve Payne
Jayeson Hendrysan, a Bowen Island, B.C. entrepreneur, believes he has found the perfect new building material for walls. Goodbye wood, insulation, poly, drywall, etc. Hello, walls made of “hempcrete”: a substance made from the woody core of the hemp plant and lime-based binder.
He is attempting to use “crowd funding” (fundraising from the internet) to finance his venture. Hempcrete is not a structural element, but is slip-poured over the structural wood framing to form a solid wall. The resulting hempcrete all has, Hendrysan says, excellent insulative properites. He has build a dozen structures using hempcrete over the last decade, including homes in Nelson, B.C., Salt Spring Island, B.C. and Bowen Island, B.C.
“We’re in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign,” Hendrysan told The Western Producer. See the full story here.