Australasian Permaculture Convergence 14 (APC14)

Angela Knock – How building with hemp can create healthy, sustainable homes and improve land and nature stewardship.

Angela Knock – How building with hemp can create healthy, sustainable homes and improve land and nature stewardship.

“Hemp is a fast growing, renewable, climate resilient resource known for improving soils for crops in rotation and as a highly effective bio-remediator. It produces an abundant biomass of which all parts can be used.

Building materials from hemp can be used in low-cost alternative dwellings as well as in conventional residential architecture and commercial construction, with each building storing substantial volumes of carbon. The high level of thermal comfort achievable with the material, combined with reductions in energy use for heating and cooling makes the material highly suitable for construction in a carbon-constrained future.

One of the most appealing things about installing hemp is the fact that people of all ages from children to the quite elderly can get involved.  The material is light and installation is more about attention to detail and neatness than a high technical skill level. Workshops for indigenous communities both in Australia and in North America have been very well received, with communities recognizing that the material meets their need for healthy housing.

The breathability of the materials mitigates mould growth which is common in buildings, contributing to multiple respiratory and skin conditions. This reincarnated building material has much to offer in terms of health and wellbeing.”