Are hemp fasteners the modern change we all need to boost our everyday sustainability? Read more about hemp fasteners, now, to see if this could be our new future...
In today’s world, we’re all looking for easy ways to work sustainability into our everyday lives. What better way to do so than within our housing, and other buildings?
A number of companies, including IsoHemp, UK Hempcrete, and Bre Group, have joined the force to a sustainable future, through implementing new methods of construction. They’ve worked on developing hemp building blocks, as well as hemp fasteners, like cement, to piece them together!
With the Fastener Exhibition and Conference on its way, in just 2 weeks time, innovation is at the forefront of our minds. We want to explore new ways of fastening our world; could hemp fasteners be the way forward?
Benefits of Hemp Fasteners
Before we take a look at some of the hemp fasteners out there, it’s important we discuss how using hemp building materials can benefit our world. Some of hemp’s useful benefits include:
- Thermal Regulation: hemp is a natural heat regulator, which protects against cold in the winter, and hot in the summer. This maintains the indoor building temperature, which could significantly reduce costs, due to reducing heat variations between day and night.
- Humidity Regulation: hemp has a high permeability when it comes to water vapour, which means it blocks water vapour from entering the home. This stabilises the indoor humidity levels, so is ideal for renovating old buildings, or museums and swimming pools, or for insulating walls which are resting on wooden floors.
- Acoustic Insulation: a significant reduction of noise pollution can be expected when using hemp.
- Fire Resistance: many hemp building products have superb resistance to fire, with an A1 classification. This means, depending on the finish and thickness of the product, it can last up to 2 hours in this extreme heat.
- Sustainable: manufacturing hemp products requires low energy processes, with minimal pesticides, as well as 100% natural materials, which are carbon-negative and non-toxic.
- Durability: hemp fasteners last a long time, and are flexible and breathable, meaning they should last longer than normal building materials, which damage over time.
Drawbacks of Hemp Fasteners
Despite the many benefits of hemp fasteners, there are some drawbacks to take into account before use:
One downside of building with hemp is that it isn’t particularly strong. Due to the long curing time of these fasteners, they don’t make great load-bearing materials.
That said, a number of companies have started creating hemp building blocks to accompany their hemp fastening materials. These lighter products help to combat these load-bearing issues.
Although they’re often a lot thicker than normal bricks, the properties of these hemp-based construction materials mean that a wooden frame is not required. In the long-run, this helps to save time and money, as less materials and processes are needed for building.
Long Drying Time
Hemp fastening materials can take a long time to dry after construction. In fact, it can take around 8 weeks to fully dry, or longer in the winter months, before anything else can be done. Therefore, planning must be done prior to building, to ensure this time is factored into the process, before plastering and rendering can be completed.
Types of Hemp Fasteners
Hemp has historically been used as a textile product for thousands of years, but has become less common over recent decades, due to legal reasons. It’s only with new technologies and priorities that we’re branching out.
That said, there are still very few hemp fastening products. Some of these few are as follows, and perhaps we’ll see more in the future:
Hemp cement, or hempcrete, is made using a mixture of all-natural materials, including hemp ‘shiv’, which is the wasted hemp from the textile industry, alongside a lime binder, and water. It’s used for cementing together the building blocks of a building, whether it be for walls or, more commonly, insulation for floors and ceilings.
Depending on the properties needed, including the strength or insulation of the product, the ratios of these materials can be altered. However, hemp isn’t strong enough, alone, to be used as a weight-bearing product, so it’s often cast around timber frames in new buildings. Otherwise, it’s often used as a means to revamp older buildings, that don’t require a new building structure, but just a bit of insulation here and there.
Before modern methods of rope-making came about, hemp was used, thousands of years ago, as an inventive alternative. In fact, one of the oldest known textile materials, used to make clothing, was created from hemp in the 18th Egyptian dynasty, 3500 years ago!
Hemp rope is made from the tough fibre obtained from the cannabis plant. The weave of the material makes it a really strong option for a number of occupations. Specifically, during the 17th century, it was the perfect material for seafaring, wherein hundreds of tons of hemp fibre would be found on each sailing ship.
These days, it’s used for an array of different purposes. Some of these include garden ropes, decorative ropes, climbing and gymnasium ropes, and theatre materials.
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Interested by these innovative fastening methods? Gain more fastener inspiration, this September...
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