Hemp Home: Tiny+
Hemp Home: Tiny+
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About this project
HELP US BUILD HEMP HOME: TINY+
Tiny+ is the prototype for a new way to build and a healthier way to live. It’s the modular hemp home of the future, designed for the way we live today and want to live tomorrow. Tiny+ will achieve the highest green building standards. The hempcrete walls:
Insulate—Along with R-30 insulation and permanent air tightness, scientists have shown that hemp-lime dampens heat transfer through the wall.
Modulate—Hempcrete walls breathe, reducing indoor humidity in the summer and increasing it in the winter.
Eliminate–Hempcrete is non-toxic, and it’s mold, insect and rodent resistant. As a plant-based material, it also eliminates the carbon footprint – when it’s built, and for the life of the building.
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MAKE TINY BIG!
The idea for GreenBuilt came about almost a decade ago after the victims of Hurricane Katrina were left without shelter, with mold-damaged homes and toxic temporary housing. A few years later, when Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake and thousands of people were buried under collapsed concrete houses, the need to find a solution became more urgent. We searched for a healthy, durable, climate resilient material that could provide high-quality permanent housing as well as temporary shelter. That’s how we found hempcrete.
Our Tiny House Will Protect Your Health and Help Preserve Our Planet
Our design and construction team, led by AIA award-winning architect Christina Griffin, is committed to developing HempHome: Tiny+ as a beautiful, sustainable solution for healthy buildings. Tiny+ does not require the burning of any fossil fuels even in the cold, snowy winters and hot, humid summers of the Northeast. Designed to provide superb indoor air quality, superior comfort, and unmatched resilience, it will be the first modular HempHome to meet the stringent healthy building and energy efficiency standards of The Passive House Institute and the Living Building Challenge.
Hempcrete is a natural, non-toxic, renewable building material that does not contribute to global warming. It’s mold, pest and fire resistant. Its insulating properties modulate humidity and temperature.
In parallel to creating HempHome: Tiny+, we are developing prefab hemp-lime panel technology that will enable future HempHomes to be built quickly, inexpensively and to individual tastes. With prefab modules, people can customize their HempHomes— add a bedroom for a child or an elderly parent, set up an in-home office or workshop, live off-the-grid, or create a community dedicated to a sustainable lifestyle.
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EXPERIENCE HEMPHOME: TINY+
We want our supporters to be able to walk through Tiny+ and feel firsthand what they helped create. We want you to see how easy it is to construct beautiful, healthy housing. Fall 2016: Come take the tour!
GreenBuilt was founded on a vision of a healthy, sustainable world that begins in our own homes, neighborhoods, farms, factories and workplaces.
GreenBuilt is fast becoming a community of entrepreneurs, activists, architects, advocates and builders dedicated to creating better buildings with Hemp.
Even though HempHome: Tiny+ is a tiny house, it’s a big step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building vibrant regional economies.
MAKE TINY BIG!
GreenBuilt is based in the Northeast, and headquartered in the Hudson Valley, near Albany, NY. Tiny+ will be built in the riverside town of Catskill.
Jim Savage—Green Built Founder
Jim’s vision of building a better world led him to start GreenBuilt. He put together the talented team for the HempHome Tiny+ Project. Through GreenBuilt, he is managing the process that will jump-start hemp-lime commercial development in the U.S.
Christina Griffin—Architect and Chief Designer
Our visionary, who combines the idea of building net zero energy homes for growing families with a deep commitment to beauty and function. Christina is an award-winning architect, a certified Passive House Consultant and co-founder of the Center for Sustainable Development in Westchester County, NY.
Tim Callahan—Hemp-Lime Design Consultant
Tim is the Chief Designer at Alembic Studio, an Asheville, North Carolina firm specializing in the design and planning of Net-Zero Energy homes. He was the technical design analyst of The Nauhaus Prototype, a hemp-lime structure built to meet both Passive House and LEED Platinum standards, and more recently designed the 3,600 sq. ft. “Mare Cannabum” Hemp Home in Virginia Beach for seismic zone 2 conditions and 130 mph wind loads.
Ken Levenson—High Performance Building ConsultantKen is the President of NY Passive House and Chief Operating Officer at 475 High Performance Building Supply, a company dedicated to providing environmentally sustainable products throughout the US.
Nick Zachos—Construction Project Manager
An experienced artisan and green builder, Nick is the founder of the Hudson Sloop Club. He spends his spare time building and restoring boats, and is active in the Hudson Valley community.
Oleg MaryAces—Marketing and Brand Development
Oleg, along with his colleagues Andres Moreira and Vadim Lebedev at Magic Within, Inc., are a Brooklyn-based organization dedicated to facilitating innovative ideas and products that improve people’s lives. Magic Within collaborates with GreenBuilt in marketing, branding, web services and business development.
Susie Cody—Hemp Outreach
Susie is a farmer, an activist, and the driving force behind the New York Hemp Industries Association. She enthusiastically shares her ideas, energy and extensive knowledge of new developments in American Hemp with GreenBuilt.
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Check out the rewards below and pledge on the right.
Pledge $5 or more
Our heartfelt thanks. A personal e-mail from our founder to you. Plus stay up-to-date on the Tiny+ campaign and project.
Pledge $12 or more
2 tubes of Hemp Love Lip Balm -- Made in USA, Lavender & Mint Flavor, USDA Certified Organic, All Natural, Eco-Friendly
Pledge $20 or more
Declaration of Independence Hemp Poster
The Declaration of WE THE PEOPLE is a hemp-based, full color paper poster designed with the Declaration of Independence. 14” x 22”. Shipped rolled in tube.
Pledge $20 or more
Vote Hemp 2016 Hemp History Calendar. Limited Edition calendar printed on hemp paper.
Pledge $30 or more
A sample pack of 4 Brooklyn Dark Varieties – Classic Hemp, Orange Silk, Open Sesame, Moroccan Spice, Organic, Artisanal, Vegan, Gluten Free. Made using the highest quality certified Rainforest Alliance cacao beans imported from South America, Brooklyn Dark chocolates combine the elegant flavors of unusual ingredients, the nutritional factor of hemp, and artisanal manufacturing processes to create a sophisticated and complex chocolate adventure.
Pledge $35 or more
Hemp Slim Line Wallet
Black with Green Trim, MADE IN USA, 100% Hemp Material, Large Mesh Zipper Compartment, Checkbook & Pen Holder, Credit Card Holder
Pledge $35 or more
HempHome: Tiny+ T-shirt Made in the USA out of hemp and organic cotton (indicate size | color options are black or white please indicate which you will prefer)
Pledge $50 or more
One Commemorative Hempcrete Brick imprinted with HempHome: Tiny+ logo
Pledge $130 or more
A box of 20 Brooklyn Dark Chocolate Bars
Pledge $200 or more
One Day Hemp Building Experience
Join our team in the Hudson Valley this summer as we build HempHome: Tiny+. Plus, get a Commemorative Hempcrete Brick. (Transportation and accommodations not included. Box lunch and group dinner included. ) Sessions limited to 10 participants. Dates to be announced.
Pledge $400 or more
Two Day Hemp Building Hands-On Workshop.
Join us in the Hudson Valley to learn the basics of building with hemp. Workshop participants will get hands-on practice in hempcrete mixing and installation techniques, and will learn real-world hempcrete construction skills, including window framing and electrical channeling. Plus, get a Commemorative Hempcrete Brick. (Transportation and accommodations not included. Two on-site lunches and one group dinner included. ) Sessions limited to 15 participants. Dates to be announced.
Pledge $1000 or more
One deluxe hemp insulated HempHome Tiny+DogHouse Kit for medium-size dogs 30” x 35” x 32” (2016 delivery) (Plus shipping, needs assembly)
Pledge $5000 or more
One 10’ x 8’ x 8’ Hemp Hemp-Lime Tiny+ Shed with window (Plus shipping)
Pledge $6000 or more
Lay Here - Original Art-piece by The Artist Zuz featured in the Tiny+ living room.
Risks and challenges
We know that building with hemp works – it’s been growing in Europe for more than 25 years in both large and small new buildings and in retrofits across the continent. We also know that it’s a big task to make a beautiful Tiny House that reaches Passive House standards and is certified Net Zero by the Living Building Challenge. And we are well aware that getting the cost of hemp building down so that everyone can afford hemp homes is a tall task.
We believe we have the team in place to meet these challenges. Our architect Christina Griffin is an experienced Passive House professional and designer of beautiful buildings, our construction crew has built everything from boats to barns, and our advisers have years of experience working with hemp, indoor air quality and marketing.
Our biggest challenge is to get costs down so that everyone can afford hemp homes, and we are working hard to improve our building processes and techniques, create new prefab modules, and develop our regional supply chain. We see a lot of progress on the legal front – almost day by day, hemp is getting closer to being legal to grow here in the US—but we’re not there yet. Once we prove that the market is there, the government will have to lift restrictions on hemp. Our production time frame is tight, but our team is focused on building the first HempHome Tiny+ this summer.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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