Australian Company Plans Structure of 3D-Printed Hemp Homes

Australian Business Plans Construction of 3D-Printed Hemp Homes

Amid the flurry of headlines about cannabis legalization, new products, and innovations, the humble hemp plant doesn’t get much press. But this often unremarked business of the legal cannabis industry is an important part of this “green revolution” going on around the world.

Legal cannabis means many companies are turning with renewed interest to the broad industrial applicability of hemp. And one company, the Australia-based Mirreco, is working to make hemp the home-building substance of their not-so-distant future.

Australian firm Mirreco is emerging as a leader in the nation ’s rapidly developing hemp market.

The machine may separate plant parts, such as the seeds, fibers, and hurd.

The Perth-based company wants to create a fleet of these machines which, once mobile, could travel to farming places and process hemp on site.

The company recently announced its plans to take hemp processing much farther. Mirreco has developed a way to manufacture building panels from hemp biomass.

Coupled with 3D-printing technology, builders would have the ability to custom-design hemp biomass panels to earn livable residences and other structures.

To demonstrate the capabilities of its revolutionary hemp biomass building panels, Mirreco partnered with Australian architecture firm Arcforms.

Mirreco describes the hemp biomass panels as “structurally sound, easy to produce” and asserts that they “provide superior thermal performance” compared to typical building materials. Needless to say, industrial hemp companies have known about the merits of hemp building material for a while.

But Mirreco’s invention stems from their use of 3D-printing technologies to form their hemp biomass panels into entirely livable homes. “Just image working and living in buildings which are 3D-printed and accessible to move into in just a matter of weeks,” Mirreco said in a statement.

Within an Instagram article showcasing the newest images of the hemp home prototype, Mirreco describes the houses as carbon negative, “off the grid” living solutions. The houses sport ground-breaking technology, including windows which convert sunlight into electric energy.

Hemp Homes Could Give an Important Remedy To Major Environmental Challenges

Greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide, are quickly rising around the world due to human activity. Finding ways to reduce those emissions and eliminate them from the air are major environmental challenges for a planet hoping to stave off the worst effects of climate change.

And hemp can help. Before they even become industrial goods, hemp plants help to sequester and store carbon dioxide. In other words, hemp plants remove CO2 from the air.

Furthermore, hemp biomass materials leave a much smaller environmental footprint than artificial building materials. And thanks to innovations across the market, hemp-based bio-composite materials are already besting the performance of their synthetic counterparts.

Livable 3D-printed houses are already planned for construction in the Netherlands. Project Milestone will build five sustainable, 3D-printed houses made from concrete. Residents of the Dutch city of Bosrijk could move into the first ever livable 3D-printed houses by next year.

Rather than using concrete, Mirreco hopes building projects such as Milestone will employ hemp biomass such as the Arcforms prototype.

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