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.
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Source : Feds Fund Research Into Hemp Fiber Insulation As Environmentally Friendly Alternative
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