A Stunning Small Home Made From Hemp
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This beautiful small family home has a very special story to tell. Designed by architect Michael Leung and his wife Tiffany for their young family, the 60m2 (646ft2) house is actually constructed from hemp. The couple chose to use hempcrete for their home after searching for healthy, non-toxic building materials.
Hemp is an incredibly versatile pant, that unfortunately has been unfairly demonised over recent years. Essentially hemp is a low THC version of the Cannabis sativa plant, now colloquially referred to as marijuana. This amazingly versatile plant has many uses, including medicine, food, clothing and much more. One of the many uses of the plant which is now being explored more in depth, is for building.
When mixed with lime and water, hemp forms hempcrete, a wonder building material. Hempcrete is completely non-toxic and creates an incredibly high performance building. It’s a super insulator, has amazing acoustic properties and helps to perfectly regulate moisture content within a building. It helps to dramatically improve air quality by reducing the airborne moulds and toxins which can lead to respiratory problems. It’s insect and rodent proof, and also earthquake resistant. Building with hemp sequesters a huge amount of carbon dioxide from the environment.
After loosing her father to mesothelioma (a cancer caused through exposure to asbestos) Tiffany was inspired to study building biology to learn more about creating healthy, non-toxic homes, that were not only healthy for people to live in, but also for those who are constructing them. Her material search lead her to hempcrete, and together with her husband Michael, an architect, they constructed their family home using hemp.
The finished result is the Skyfarm. A spectacular small family home which is constructed using hempcrete, together with a whole range of locally sourced, salvaged and reclaimed timbers. The home is artistically constructed and packed full of character, while also being a completely healthy environment for the couple to raise their family.
The hemp home follows a largely open plan design, with the kitchen, dining, bathroom and lounge areas downstairs as well as bunks and play space for the kids. Upstairs is a sleeping loft for Michael and Tiffany.
Despite being a small home, thanks so some great design there is plenty of space for this family to all enjoy living in the house together. Eventually, the family do have plans to construct another home on their property (also made from hemp) to accomodate the family as the kids grow.
Michael has formed a company in Byron Bay, together with others who worked on the Skyfarm called Balanced Earth, a building company which is dedicated to using hemp as well as other healthy, non-toxic materials to construct some truly beautiful homes. Be sure to watch the full video above for more details on this incredible home, and check out the Balanced Earth website to find out more regarding building with hemp.
Bryce Langston is a New Zealand based actor, musician, filmmaker and environmentalist who has spent the past five years travelling the globe exploring the Tiny House movement as the creator and host of the popular online web series Living Big in a Tiny House
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HempCrete Building Course: Tiny Hemp Houses
Date – 09/15/2017 – 09/18/2017
Time – All Day
- John Patterson – Tiny Hemp Houses
- Derek Cross – Formulations By Nature
- Preston Whitfield – Source Hemp
- Thomas Ivory Jr. – Denver Hemp Division
- Tommy Mullen – Mystic Mountain Hemp Catering
- Other Special guests via Skype to be announced!
Tiny Hemp Houses Experience:
Day 1 : Friday September 15, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Day 2 : Saturday September 16, 2017 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Day 3 : Sunday September 17, 2017 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tiny Hemp Houses Experience: Can you imagine spending a weekend with people that share a common interest? Do you have a desire to learn more about hemp building? Would you like to be involved in a team building activity working to create a remarkable, sustainable structure? Looking to enter the hemp building industry?
What will you will learn:
- Learn to build a Tiny Hemp House.
- Hemp/lime recipes, mixing and application
- Study original Tiny Hemp House after 3 years
- History and examples of hemp/lime structures
- Fitting into the construction schedule
- Cost and sourcing materials
- Detailed information about framing, electrical and plumbing for hempcrete structures
- Application methods and scaling up tools for larger projects
- Current opportunities in hemp building sector
Benefits of a Hemp/lime Construction
- More Comfortable
- Less Indoor Toxins
- Fire Resistant
- Energy Efficient
- Money Savings
- Less Maintenance
- No Mold, or Mildew
- No Pests
- Carbon Negative
- Reduced Illness
John Patterson has been an industry leader since 2012. He is the founder of Tiny Hemp Houses, a globally recognized educational movement. He is a contributor and adviser to HempToday.net a global media hub based in Poland and he conducts events and workshops around the world. His aim is to create experiences that will provide lasting friendships and knowledge for the better of the planet while educating on how we make change in the building industry with healthier and more natural materials and systems.
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Do you want to learn more about hemp building? Would you like to be involved in a building activity working to create a remarkable, sustainable structure?