Feds Fund Research Into Hemp Fiber Insulation As Environmentally Friendly Alternative

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is sponsoring a project to develop hemp fiber insulation that’s designed to be better for the environment and public health than conventional preparations are. The agency awarded Tommy Gibbons, COO of the Idaho-based Hempitecture, an annual stipend of $90,000 and as much as $200,000 to support research into the insulation product. Specifically, DOE is interested in the company’s HempWool product, which is described as “the most sustainable, high performing insulation material on the planet.” Beyond being a non-toxic alternative to traditional insulation, the hemp-based product also has a strong thermal resistance and a low carbon footprint. “The Department of Energy is interested in the decarbonization potential of insulation and other building materials made from hemp fibers,” Gibbons told HempBuildMag. Hempitecture “plans to conduct research and testing on new, proprietary blends of its insulation material to improve its insulation value and fire resistance,” as well as “onshore insulation manufacturing using industrial hemp waste from American farmers,” a description of the DOE-based project says. “An emphasis on healthy and low carbon building materials has sparked a search for solutions from consumers and government to rebuild better infrastructure and reduce the massive footprint of the built environment,” it continues.

DOE’s Innovation Crossroads program is helping to fulfill a Biden administration goal of expanding the use of clean energy and reducing carbon emissions. And with this funding for Hempitecture, it seems to be recognizing what many stakeholders and experts have said: hemp represents a sound, environmentally friendly investment. In related news, the The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in April that it was awarding a Washington State-based company a $100,000 grant to support the development of sustainable bricks made from industrial hemp. Earth Merchant was one of 24 grant recipients under EPA’s small business innovation research…

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