Hemp Used in Construction
According to the research provided by CBDInsteadNews.com concrete is the most used material in the world making durable homes and buildings. However, concrete produces CO2, matching one-to-one. Therefore, for every ton of concrete produced, it also produces a ton of CO2.
Wood is also a commonly-used material for family homes, taking up 81% of the distribution. Wood carries less of a burden towards our environment and is an extremely durable option for home building. However, it takes nearly 80 years for a tree to reach a size large enough to make a considerable profit.
One acre of hemp is equivalent to four acres of trees. Hemp also absorbs more CO2 than it emits, helping to clean the air filled with greenhouse gases. Particleboard made of hemp is more durable than wood and is lighter.
Hemp concrete, also known as hempcrete, isn’t just better for the environment by helping to reduce CO2 content, it is also durable, sustainable, mold resistant, an excellent insulator, water proof, and helps with humidity control. Though hemp isn’t impenetrable by fire like concrete, hemp concrete can resist fire for up to 120 minutes.
Hempcrete leaves a negative carbon footprint.
A recent article by CNN (July 22, 2019) reported that a group of investors, which manages $2 trillion, pressured cement makers to accelerate efforts to reduce their emissions. "The coalition is made up of members of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change and Climate Action 100+, a leading campaign group with 320 supporters. Cement production uses huge amounts of heat and energy and is responsible for 7% of man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. If the cement industry were a country, it would trail only the United States and China in emissions of the greenhouse gas. It is ultimately a business-critical issue for the sector."
Enter Hemp Habitat Solutions
As the public becomes more aware of concrete's negative effect on the climate, the demand for Hemp-related building products will increase and quickly move to the forefront as a viable alternative. To this end, CannaVisions's agricutural division, Cannambary, will harvest Hemp and utilize its resources to meet the needs of the construction industry (in Puerto Rico and beyond)—more specifically targeting those who manufacture and produce hemp-related building materials.
With Hemp's ability to grow to its full height and harvest in only 120 days makes it the perfect building material during times of catastrophe, or where building materials are scarce. For a community to fully recover, it can take months, if not years. The Hemp Habitat Solutions initiative is to spearhead the use of hempcrete through education and awareness in regions most at risk, such as island nations and communities that are more likely to be affected by a catastrophe. Looking long term into the future, Hemp Habitat Solutions vision is to design/construct its own brand of building materials, and even homes to further expand its reach.