Thursday, 16 September 2010
In order to test its properties as a building material, researchers at the University of Bath have used hemp to build a first-of-its-kind hemp house. Called the ‘HemPod’, the one storey highly insulating structure has been built from the chopped woody core of the industrial hemp plant mixed with a specially developed lime-based binder.
The hemp traps air in the walls, creating excellent insulation, and the lime based binder holds the hemp together to make the building fire resistant. As it grows, the hemp absorbs carbon dioxide and the lime takes in even more of climate change gas, thereby effectively reducing the building’s carbon footprint.