Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Green Material From the UK : Hemcrete®

American Lime Technology is pleased to announce its inaugural project, The Hopewell Project, which represents the first use of the highly sustainable Hemcrete® building system in the United States. This “green” project will be comprised of a chapel and a pottery studio that are being commissioned by Caribe Properties in Montgomery, Texas. An open house is scheduled for May 18-20.

Hemcrete® is a blend of a special lime based binder (Tradical® HB) and specially prepared hemp shiv (Tradical® HF). Together these form a sustainable bio-composite construction material that combats climate change by capturing carbon and delivering high performance airtight, insulating walls. The carbon capture environmental benefits of Tradical® Hemcrete offer an immediate way to combat climate change.

Hemcrete® is being used in several high profile projects in the United Kingdom, including the recently completed, award-winning Adnams Brewery Distribution Center in Southwold, Suffolk, UK and the Haverhill Houses, a public housing project
. American Lime Technology (AMT) is a joint venture of UK-based Lime Technology Limited and U.S. Heritage Group, Inc., which is located in Chicago, Illinois.

Also see the TreeHugger article Hemp Houses for Australia. They note that this technology is not new but is gaining steam, especially in areas where growing hemp isn't a crime.

The Hopewell Project

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