Friday, November 20, 2009

Hemp & Straw House Pass 1000c Fire Test for 30 Minutes

Here at the USA Hemp Museum, hemp building materials is a passion.  That being written, exciting news.  The BBC reports about a recent test at the University of Bath
House built from pre-fabricated straw-bale and hemp panels
The house will be monitored over a year to assess its performance
A house built from straw-bales and panels of hemp has passed an industry standard fire safety test which exposed it to temperatures above 1,000C.

BaleHaus@Bath is part of a new research project at the University of Bath into how renewable building materials can be used for homes of the future.

The house is made from prefabricated cells of
timber filled with straw or hemp, rendered with a lime-based coat.

TV presenter Kevin McCloud will officially open the straw house later.

During the fire resistance test for non-loadbearing elements, the panel had to withstand heat for more than 30 minutes.'  Click Here for full article.

Another cross reference article: "A house made of straw and hemp panels passed a fire resistance test where it was exposed to temperatures over 1,000°C, a university said.

Check back with the USA Hemp Museum for more on hemp building materials. Soon to be released into Richard M. Davis' HEMP FOR VICTORY series [ A GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTIONTHE WONDER HERB  and THE TRILLION DOLLAR CROP ] is HEMP CITY which will give you all you need to know to convert from toxic to non-toxic, strong and beautiful hemp building materials.

In the meantime, for more information on how to use this trillion dollar crop to help with housing, infrastructure, industrial and other community uses, visit the museum's hemp building materials room.

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