Thursday, April 9, 2009

Zero Carbon Foot Print Homes...From Hemp!

I have a certain familiarity with Green Home Products, as I used to work for a company that built Green Homes. So an article touting a home built with less than zero carbon footprint abilities caught my find out it's a HEMP HOME...PRICELESS. President Obama says all things that could contribute too solving Global Warming MUST BE ON THE TABLE. Well Mr. President, I challenge you to keep your word and fund research into HEMP BUILT HOMES...WOW...trademark time....American Hemp BUILT HOMES, American Hemp Construction, American Hemp Builders Association....THAT ONE GOES ON MY WEB SITE! All those in favor of funding for HEMP HOMES (trademarked) research leave a comment.

Would You Live in a Hemp House?

BY Ariel SchwartzWed Apr 8, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Hemp is useful for more than just summer camp necklaces and niche clothing items, according to researchers at the University of Bath. The university's BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials has discovered that hemp bound together with a lime-based adhesive creates a building material with a "better than zero" carbon footprint. In other words, the material's energy-efficient properties combined with lime's low carbon footprint negate hemp-lime's carbon use.

It's easy to get the materials for hemp structures, too. University of Bath researchers say that it takes an area the size of a rugby pitch only four months to grow enough hemp for a typical three-bedroom house. If adopted on a large scale, the homes could bring big business to hemp farmers.

The three-year, $1.1 million (£750,000) project will provide further information about the strength, durability, and feasibility of hemp-lime homes. One catch here: Industrial hemp has to be made legal if we want cheap hemp structures in the U.S. Under current federal law, industrial hemp can be imported but can't be grown by American farmers.

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