Feds Fund Development Of Hemp-Based, 3D-Printed Materials To Build Affordable Housing

Feds Fund Development Of Hemp-Based, 3D-Printed Materials To Build Affordable Housing
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The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Texas A&M University $3.47 million to support a project to 3D print hemp-based building materials known colloquially as hempcrete, with a focus on creating affordable housing. The plan is to utilize the crop in environmentally sustainable engineering projects using 3D printing technology. It’s one of the latest examples of the federal government embracing the potential of the form of the cannabis plant that was legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill. Funding is being made available through DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Harnessing Emissions into Structures Taking Inputs from the Atmosphere (HESTIA) program. As noted in a press release from A&M’s engineering department, hempcrete is made from a mix of hemp powder, fibers, lime and water. It’s considered to be a durable but lightweight alternative to traditional building materials. “While production of conventional construction materials such as concrete requires large amounts of energy and releases large amounts of CO2 (carbon dioxide), hempcrete is a net carbon-negative material, which can provide major environmental benefits,” Petros Sideris, an assistant professor at the university who will serve as the project’s principal investigator, said. Two faculty members, Manish Dixit and Wei Yan are on a project team which recently received $3.74 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to research the development of 3-D printed buildings made of hempcrete. https://t.co/pdt0SxKd6s @TAMUEngineering @TAMU — TAMU Architecture (@TAMUARCH) June 27, 2022 “Hempcrete has excellent fire resistance and thermal insulating properties that can reduce heating and cooling energy demands. It is water-resistant and offers good acoustic properties,” he said. “The advancements of this project will contribute to the U.S. maintaining its worldwide leadership in advanced construction methods and infrastructure sustainability and resilient technologies.” The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also announced last year that it was awarding a Washington…

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