Hempcrete House Give Architects High Hopes for Sustainable Living
Big things come in small packages, according to GreenBuilt‘s Jim Savage. Last year, his concept of making buildings out of hemp concrete, aka “hempcrete,” was introduced to the public. Now, Green Built is taking the concept of green living to new heights. They’re working on creating the first-ever fossil-fuel-free, 400-square-foot hempcrete house called HempHome: Tiny+.
Hempcrete is a natural, non-toxic, renewable material made from hurds (the woody part of hemp plants), limestone, and water.
Made entirely from hempcrete, the Tiny+ hempcrete house is designed to provide a high-quality, permanent housing solution. It also serves well as a temporary shelter.
Twelve-inch-thick, solid hempcrete walls support the home. This building material provides is very good insulation. It provides resistance to mold, pests, and fire. The hempcrete house also provides good insulation against the elements.
The Tiny+ home features green roofs and heat recovery ventilation. Besides offering extreme energy efficiency, this design helps maintain airflow and regulate temperature. The house is built with a solar photovoltaic thermal system that provides the home with electricity, heat, and hot water, without the use of fossil fuels like natural gas.
HempHome: Tiny+ is designed by Green Built’s team, led by the award-winning architect Christina Griffin. Because of the materials used to make Tiny+, its creators say the home will provide good indoor air quality, comfort, and resilience.
Tiny+ will also become the first hempcrete house to meet the energy efficiency standards of The Passive House Institute.
The $60,000 GreenBuilt is hoping to raise will go toward making the model home, as well as developing a prefab hemp-limestone panel technology that is will allow for quick construction of future hempcrete houses.
Buyers will be able to customize their homes, meaning they could add a bedroom or create an office. “Once we are done building the house, we will be taking it across the country to promote it, and then will either sell it or donate it for someone to live in,” says Savage, a former Wall Street analyst.
Since its Kickstarter launch yesterday morning, the tiny house has raised a little over $2,000. One Tiny+ shed measuring 8 feet by 8 feet by 10 feet can be yours for a pledge of $5,000.
The Hempcrete House: Tiny+ by GreenBuilt is designed to meet the building standards of both The Passive House Institute and the Living Building Challenge.
With 12″ hempcrete walls, this modular, solar-powered tiny home with be pest and mold resistant.
Hempcrete is one of the world’s most renewable and sustainable building materials.