Hemp construction revealed at Alvernia College's EcoHouse

KENHORST, Pa. — Alvernia College and architect-led firm Coexist Construct have been collaborating on a undertaking that’s being referred to as a prototype for the longer term, a construction made out of hemp-based constructing supplies.

“We consider that this can revolutionize the best way we construct right here and the best way it impacts folks’s well being,” stated Ana Konopitskaya, a co-founder of Coexist Construct and a registered architect. “The significance of this undertaking is to indicate {that a} constructing may be constructed with out standard merchandise, resembling vinyl siding, home wrap like Tyvek, drywall, plywood, paint. None of that’s right here.”

Hemp is used to make the constructing blocks and for insulation.

CoExist hemp block

“You should utilize this to construct your own home and it takes about 300 acres to construct a 1,500-square-foot home,” Konopitskaya stated.

Alicia Sprow, the Alvernia college member who oversees the sustainability initiatives and out of doors management actions on the EcoHouse, stated experiential studying alternatives like this one are invaluable.

“We had been in a position to work with them on this to create the construction but in addition to conduct the analysis in addition to study extra about industrial hemp and the way it can turn out to be extra mainstream,” Sprow stated.

Alvernia University and Coexist Build unveil hemp structure

Coexist Construct officers stated the know-how is being embraced in Europe however simply catching on in the US. Solely about 30 to 50 homes within the nation embrace this sort of product, however they’re hoping to make it extra accessible.

The construction shall be used to check air high quality and evaluate it to that of a home made with standard supplies.

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