Imagine a home (or office building/warehouse) made of a breathing (permeable) material that is healthy for your family and workers and is excellent for the environment.  Save on construction costs.  Be fire resistant.

 

Let’s disrupt the world of construction for better opportunities for our environment and our human habitats.

We're on a mission and need your help.  I believe one of the best ways to get the word out about this amazing housing / work place opportunity is to build it (and they will come).  We just need a few things.  What do we need, you ask?  Here's a start...

  • we can start with you. If you have land (or ability to purchase land) and interest, I can connect you with contractors in Portland/ Vancouver and Central Oregon. We'd like to conduct studies and offer contractor training and workforce development on site. 

  • land. We need a place to build. Ideally in Clackamas County (Milwaukie), Multnomah County (Portland), or in Central Oregon (Madras, Redmond, Bend, Sisters). RIP zoning in Portland is allowing for additional opportunities for density on 5,000+ sf lots (so adding to your current property). There are also options for ADUs and tiny homes.

  • architect (knowledgeable in hempcrete / hemplime construction)

  • entitlement assistance (getting permitting through the city, potentially land use as well)

  • suppliers (that have the hurd / shiv [i.e: Hemp Technologies GlobalCanna Grove/Hemp Trader, American Hemp, Hempire, IND Hemp] and lime [i.e: Hemp Eco SystemsLimeworks] needed for hempcrete, hemp blocks)

  • manufactures (makers of sustainable construction and building materials like Hemp Wood and Hempwool, but also flooring, windows, doors, roofing materials, trusses, fixtures, solar, HVAC, plumbing, lighting, electrical...)

  • contractors (with knowledge of various hempcrete/hemplime techniques - traditional, spray, panel, and block)

  • educators (hemp specialists wanting to conduct training for contractors, students, and the general public on a real project - within construction timelines)

  • students (contractors, journey(wo)men, architects, realtors, city officials, permitting, inspectors, educators, AIA, non-profits - any/all that want to learn more about hempcrete, hemplime, and sustainable construction)

  • opportunities to provide to workforce development programs Pass-it-Forward, @NAWICNational @TBF_PDX @ORTradesWomen @GirlsBuildPDX @ConstructHope @PYBPDX @POIC_RAHS @YouthBuildUSA @WorkforceSWWA @gtcnn @YBCharter @HireHeroesUSA

  • scientists / engineers / universities (test materials, perfect processes, like OSU/GHIC)

  • designers / retailers / creators (show off your hemp couch, mini blinds, drapes, landscaping, couches, lamps, cabinets, shelving, beds, bedding, towels, furniture)

  • funding/investors (all this takes money - need investors / lenders / landowner)

  • marketing (video crew, photographer, editor, journalist, social media expert, PR)

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Let's bring people together to build a sustainable triplex with various installation methods of hempcrete / hemplime.  This project will give the community an opportunity to experience sustainable construction and learn more about sustainable materials and processes.  Once completed, the units will be rented out and used as a test to see how well the materials stand up to a tenant environment.  Two of the larger units will be traditional rentals (with an agreement to have visits/tours) and the smaller unit will be used as an AirBnB so that the public can experience hempcrete / hemplime living for themselves.  This triplex will be the first of its kind in Portland, Oregon.

 

The end goal is to learn and create larger apartment complexes (market rate and affordable housing) for healthier and sustainable living.  It would also provide an opportunity for commercial developers, designers, and contractors to see how hempcrete / hemplime can replace the use of non-structural concrete in commercial applications.