Bio-Composite Walls and Framing
Most additions or remodeling projects can be completed with nothing but sustainable building materials. Natural lime combined with hemp forms a bio-composite concrete. Unlike more traditional materials, hemp-lime concrete can be recycled into fertilizer. Manufacturers said the sustainable bio-composite is also fire-resistant and thermally efficient but permeable enough to discourage mold growth and ensure better indoor air quality. Hemp also is a core ingredient in another wood substitute. Stanford researchers successfully combined hemp fibers with rapidly biodegrading plastic to create a moldable bio-composite fake wood that saves trees and shrinks landfills. The product may soon be commercially available for flooring, furniture, and other green building and construction applications.