By Maria Mora
Big things come in small packages, according to GreenBuilt‘s Jim Savage. Last year, his concept of making buildings out of hempcrete was introduced to the public. Now, Green Built is working on creating the first-ever fossil-fuel-free, 400-square-foot home called HempHome: Tiny+.
Made solely out of hempcrete — a natural, non-toxic, renewable material made from hurds (the woody part of hemp plants), lime and water — this tiny home is designed to provide a high-quality, permanent housing solution, as well as temporary shelter. Twelve-inch-thick solid hempcrete walls make up this home and provide a mold-, pest-, and fire-resistant insulation. Hempcrete provides good insulation against the elements, and the homes will have green roofs and heat recovery ventilation, which helps maintain airflow, to regulate temperature. The house is built with a solar photovoltaic thermal system that provides the home with electricity, heat, and hot water.