An Australian firm has acquired exclusive distributorship across America for a hempcrete construction program that it claims is expense competitive with conventional construction. HempBLOCK Australia that’s based in Queensland has started selling and advertising the bio-based unit. The system was constructed by Vielle Materiaux, a French company in New Zealand and Australia.
Tijssen Johan, HempBLOCK’s operations director in Australia and USA, asserted that the comprehensive research conducted by his firm has confirmed that the conditions support entry into America’s market.
Johan said that the residential building market in America is wide, noting that 416,000 residential building licenses were awarded in 2020. He asserted that HempBLOCK is focusing on six critical residential construction cultivation regions in America.
The HempBLOCK structure utilizes post-and-beam steel and concrete framing merged with pre-formed interlocking hempcrete blocks in a configuration range that weighs about 40 lbs. The load-supporting unit is fitted with a walling unit amid construction.
Tijssen added that the layout is also ideal for building single-unit family homes and small structures of not more than two stories. The blocks may also be used in insulating current buildings.
The organization provides an in-house panel of architects who assist in developing primary structure designs or work on advancing current plans through customizing them to the HempBLOCK program.
According to America’s hemp construction enthusiasts, getting hempcrete licensed as a building material is crucial in expanding the hemp industry. Tijssen asserted that current international parameters could be utilized in supporting the hemp certification within America, as already experienced in other states.
Tijssen added further said the lack of hempcrete adoption by commodity users, like builders, originates from the prejudice that green building commodities are normally not code
obedient, are more costly and require specialized skills, equipment and training.
The commodities have been analyzed and accredited by companies that are members of ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation).