My goal is simple: Net Zero and Affordable
In my quest to promote affordable sustainable buildings has lead me to discover a new building product that provides high R-value for energy efficiency and has the strength of concrete. Hempcrete the new miracle building material! Since this will be my retirement home, I realize that to make my limited budget go as far as possible I will need to be:
Net Zero in Energy Consumption and Energy Production and at the same time being
affordable to build on a limited budget.
Most everyone is aware that Living Trees are needed in removing the Carbon Dioxide from the Air and if you have been to the local lumber yard lately the prices of lumber needed to build a traditional stick built home can be astronomical for the average budget and until insulation is added to the structure they are not energy efficient.
This Hemp Home design I’m working with eliminates a great percentage of Lumber needed in the building process and provides the insulation that will make heating and cooling this home easy and will be affordable! This is the best of both worlds.
This Hemp Home Design is all about Sustainability and will not sacrifice the Comfort Levels that I require.
- The above photo is a Catalan or Boveda Vault Style Roof. When I watched this You Tube Video of the Spanish Masons in action; I realized that this was the solution to building a roof and ceiling with little to no lumber and it will be energy efficient and save me money on utility costs! The Exterior water proofing layer has not been added to the design at this stage so that the viewer can the Masonry Work that comprises the Catalan Vault Style Roof System.
Hemp Home-Water Recycling-Water Collection System
The roof also will act as a Water Collection System that allows me to capture and store Rain Water for use in the Hemp Home. When a filter is added it can also act to provide the clean water needed for cooking, cleaning, and drinking.
The CAD drawing below is option 1 for the layout and design of the Hemp Home. My girl has already pointed out that I left out: Additional Bedrooms for Visitors and a Fireplace for heat- Luckily we’re in the design stage and not in the build stage of the Hemp Home. I’m sure this floor plan will change as we narrow down our needs and must haves.
Hemp Home Room List
- 2 Bedrooms- 1 Master Bedroom and 1 spare bedroom
- 1 1/2 Baths
- Mechanical Room-Water Collection Point, HVAC Air Handler, Solar Inverter, Storage, Radiant Floor Heating
- Green House
- Mud Room
- Dining Room / Living Room
- Kitchen with Eat In counter
NOTE: These are not my final design plans stay tuned for additions and alterations to this Hemp Home Design as well as Build Notes on how and why I’ve chosen to build my future home with Hempcrete.
The fast growing Hemp Plant will enable me to Grow and Build a Hemp Home in 2 years!
My plans are to build this home in a rural setting where I can plant and grow a field of hemp to build this home. (If we decide to build in a City Setting I will purchase the Natural Hemp Fibers). While the Hemp is growing in the first year I will build the Stone – Rock Foundation for the home. After the Hemp field has grown, harvested, and prepped for building- I can then start building the walls of the home with a move in date in year 2!
If Hemp Building isn’t a solution to replacing the lumber needed for
building an energy efficient home I don’t know what is! Scotty
This type of Vaulted Roof Building is not new- Spanish Masons have been building these type of structures for years. See Mexico Insights:
Facts, Figures, Folklore & Fiestas at: http://www.mexico-insights.com/judysblog/post/Brick-Lakesidee28099s-Cornerstone-Part-7-The-Roof.aspx