Let’s face it… the materials we currently use for building and manufacturing won’t be around forever and the carbon footprint of most traditional construction materials makes the industry anything but green. The evolution of Fusion Manufacturing and the use of technologically advanced products includes the use of industrial processed Hemp. Our continued demand for oil,
Our continued demand for concrete, rebar, wallboard and thermal coatings will require us to find alternative solutions. Enter the hemp plant. In addition to the pioneering use of basalt, Fusion Manufacturing is also utilizing hemp fibers in similar ways in which we are using basalt fibers. Hemp seeds and hemp fibers can be used to create over 50,000 different products. For the “fusion” of building industry materials and the legal medical marijuana growers, hemp fibers could be the next greatest solution which helps complete a commitment we have to support the ZERO LANDFILL INITITIAVE.
Hemp fibers can be made into any building material, including
|· Fiberboard· Roofing
|· Plywood· Reinforced concrete
· Insulation panels
· Spray-on insulation
· Concrete pipes
· Biodegradable plastic composites which are tougher than steel.
Hemp Fibers – An Alternative to Concrete
In fact, in an article from Salon News, the reporter offers specific examples of how hemp fibers used as a concrete alternative have changed the building industry:
“Hempcrete,” a lightweight concrete-like insulating material that can be poured into molds or used in blocks, is made by mixing the hurds, the woody core left after the fiber is stripped off the stalk, with lime and water. An English brewer and wine society have built warehouses with it. At Clay Fields, a green affordable-housing project in the English town of Elmswell that opened in 2008, the 26 houses are built from hempcrete surrounding a weight-bearing wood frame, protected on the outside by about an inch of lime-render cement.
Lime Technology, a British green-construction-products firm that supplied the hempcrete for Clay Fields, touts it as a much better insulator than conventional building materials, reducing the need for heating in winter and air-conditioning in the summer. It requires much less energy to produce than regular cement, it absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it dries, and “site cleanup is easy. Simply till it into the soil.”
According to another April, 2016 report, “Natural Fiber Composites Market“, “The demand for natural fiber composites in the construction industry for outdoor deck floors, railings, fences, landscaping timbers, park benches, window and door frames, and indoor furniture has grown remarkably on the global platform. This is due to their superior strength-to weight ratio, recyclability, and low cost.
In Scott Blossom’s article: Rebuilding in a developing world, we learn more about the benefits of hemp fibers used in foundation materials:
Hemp foundation walls are 7 times stronger than concrete foundations, half as light, and three times as elastic, which means that these building will bend, but not break. Because of their superior strength and flexibility, hemp foundations are resistant to stress-induced cracking and breaking. Even earthquakes and other natural disaster cannot break or crack these structures.
Hemp foundation homes and buildings are self-insulated, including thermal and sound insulation, resistant to rotting, rodents, insects, and they are fire proof, waterproof, weather resistant, and the walls breath so the rooms do not get stuffy. Hemp homes stay warm in the winter, and cool in the summer.
There is an excellent summary of many ways hemp can revolutionize the construction materials industry at the Hempasis website.
At Fusion Manufacturing we are making strides in manufacturing hemp fibers and using that natural by-product from Fusion Properties, Inc.’s (FPI) tenants to manufacture new and advanced construction materials. Fusion Manufacturing, LLC (FM) is a global company that produces quality basalt and other natural fiber-based products for major growth markets. FM is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fusion Holdings, Inc.