THE COMPANY

 

Our Mission is to create ‘Homes for Everyone’. We utilize one of Nature’s most versatile fibers to create strong, energy efficient and beautiful structures.  Our modular cottages will set a new standard for housing, and will demonstrate that it is possible to live in comfortable, ‘right sized’ homes which are healthy for both the people who live in them and for the planet. Big enough to live in, small enough to bring it with you when you move.

Hempcrete Natural Building was founded in 2003 by Kim Brooks and Jayeson Hendyrsan. Using industrial hemp fiber and chips, we created a lightweight fiber-reinforced concrete. On our island property in Western Canada, we have two of the first hemp houses in North America, structures that will be proudly standing hundreds of years from now.

We were lone pioneers of this technology initially, but have since found variations on our material in Ireland and France, and more recently, Australia. We are now part of a vibrant Hempcrete building industry, with a business model which further strengthens and expands this community with our Certification program. We offer a modular hempcrete cottage which can be shipped anywhere, and partner with local builders to construct the solid exterior walls and complete the home installation.

Our hempcrete breathable wall system is strong, durable and beautiful. The many benefits include;

  • Energy efficient– Thermal mass assists temperature control in both low and high temperatures*
  • Strength and durability
  • Earthquake resistance-rebar reinforced monolithic integral wall system
  • Inherent fire proofing
  • Natural moisture regulation within the home
  • Low maintenance, e.g. the cost of pigments- (in lieu of paint) that should last 50 years. Hose it down instead of painting every few years.
  • Exceptionally quiet from both interior and exterior noise
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Potential for carbon neutral construction
  • Plaster (invented in BC) creates a waterproof, breathable shell around the house
  • Insect and rat resistant (proof!)
  • Low cost of main construction materials
  • Protection from electro-magnetic frequencies, (not yet scientifically tested)
  • No off-gassing of potentially dangerous chemicals

*It has been found that Hempcrete total building performance is higher than the perceived static R-value. R values measure thermal resistance, or the ability of a material to resist movement of heat through the structure. The higher the R-value, the more the material resists the movement of heat. The R-value is a static number that does not calculate thermal mass performance which describes how the mass of the building provides “inertia” against temperature fluctuations; the ability of the material to absorb and radiate heat or cool. In the winter, in-floor heating can provide efficient warming of the house and in a hot summer, the mass of floors and walls will keep the house cool.

Please contact kim@hempcrete.ca for more information