"Hempitecture has reached a critical nexus. Gibbons and Mead have worked with renowned architects Olsen Kundig and Axel Vervoordt and have recently opened an office/workspace in Ketchum. They held a Hemp Summit at the Argyros in Ketchum in October 2019, a weekend-long event that attracted roughly 300 people.
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The building is made of 75 percent recycled materials with a passive solar design. It will be heated with solar thermal. It’s hempcrete materials use the wooden core of the industrial hemp stalk. When combined with a lime-mineral based binder and water, it absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and uses it to solidify into an insulating form.
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“I looked to natural materials to create more insulating, more efficient, and less energy intensive homes," Mead said. "And through that study Hempcrete stood out to me as above and beyond one of the greatest options for creating a building that is not just energy efficient but is also healthy."
Check out our 4 part mini-series, "The Basics of Hempcrete." This video series covers some of the critical elements to consider during the three stages of a hempcrete installation: Mixing, Forming, and Packing.