April 18, 2016

Support HempHome: Tiny+

green_built_logo_v1-1The Tiny House movement has gained some serious momentum in the US over the last couple of years. Now, GreenBuilt has taken it to the next level, with the HempHome: Tiny+.
They call it, “The Next Wave in Sustainable Building”: tiny, fossil fuel free, modular and to be certified by both the Passive House Institute and the Living Building Challenge, and it has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to build the prototype this summer.

GreenBuilt was inspired to build towards a more sustainable and climate resilient future after seeing the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, and were motivated further by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. They decided that homes needed to be more durable, less toxic, and more resistant to rot and decay. Additionally, they searched for a material that could work for both permanent housing as well as a temporary shelter. What they found was hemp-lime, a long lasting, non-toxic, non-flammable, pest resistant and renewable bio-material. Termed “Hempcrete”, it consists of hemp shiv, lime binder and water, and has impressive insulating properties.

Hempcrete is not the only sustainable feature in the HempHome: Tiny+. The home features a green roof, solar PV panels, triple pane windows, an HRV system and airtightness required by Passive House.  475 is excited by this project and the opportunity to work in an integrated team, helping deliver a house that’s high-performance in every aspect.

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In addition to HempHome: Tiny+, Greenbuilt is working on prefab hempcrete panel technology so that HempHomes can be custom built quickly and inexpensively.

Creating high performance buildings with a low ecological footprint is something that we’re all for. That’s why we want to support GreenBuilt in turning the HempHome: Tiny+ into reality. Support a more sustainable, comfortable and less toxic world by donating to their Kickstarter campaign, and share this article so that others can also contribute to a more healthy and sustainable future.

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2 Responses to Support HempHome: Tiny+

  1. Clarke Snell April 20, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

    Cool to see this and glad to see my old buddy Tim Callahan involved. Tim knows very well the issues we had with the hempcrete building we constructed in Asheville that was “designed to the Passive House standard” meaning it didn’t make it due to failing the blower door. I’d love to see some construction details showing how you guys are creating an airtight enclosure. Have you built a prototype or created a test enclosure or anything similar?

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