It was only in the 1990s that hemp found its way back into building materials. So far, it has mainly been used as insulation and roofing to create a positive impact on the environment. Hemp-sourced materials have a number of environmentally-friendly upsides when compared to their conventional counterparts. For one, they’re more sustainable, biodegradable and easier to make than most other building materials, such as asphalt, shingles and concrete. Hemp’s sustainability makes it perfect for eco-friendly homeowners that want to save money while helping the environment at the same time.
Hemp is more than an excellent source of CBD to infuse into blends of custom flavors (1), terpenes or strain profiles. As early as the days of Rome, hemp has been in use for the construction of everything from bridges to village walls. This is because of its rapid renewability, low cost and sturdy nature.
Today, the use of hemp has helped the building industry to be more sustainable. Hemp is more environmentally friendly than other materials, such as concrete, and can only make the industry more green from here on out. In this post, we go over two standouts from hemp’s revolution of the construction space, as well as their benefits on the environment long after use.
Hempwood: Hemp-Based Wood Substitutes For Flooring, & Furnishing
HempWood® is environmentally friendly, locally sourced and made in the United States. It’s available in everything from blocks, boards, flooring, cabinet sets and turning blanks. HempWood® is priced competitively with black walnut, with up to 20% more durability than hickory.
In addition to the durability and cost advantages, HempWood® is also much more sustainable than its natural lumber counterparts.
Aside from plastics, wood is one of the most frequently wasted materials (2) when building a house. With the alarming rate of deforestation, hemp building materials like HempWood® are becoming highlighted as a more sustainable building material. This is because Hemp grows in an impressive 120 days, whereas oak requires 50-100 years before it’s ready for use. Because of its sturdy, low-impact nature and negligible impact on the environment, HempWood® has a bright future in sustainable building. For more details about HempWood® and its properties, check out HempWood® Documents.