Hey @StLHandyMan! We would love to discuss working together.
Email our Communications Manager (Greg Blosser) at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can help one another. Thanks for connecting!
Mr G Blosser and Post Frame Advantage,
Background: I've been building and utilizing post frame construction techniques to build economical buildings for awhile now. This was mostly done in rural america where I grew up. In drafting college we also utilized this construction technique in a few of the classes.
What I'm writing to you about are some upcoming Green and Sustainable Building Contests in which I will be presenting the "Post Frame Build Principles" that utilizes a natural, sustainable, and highly energy efficient building product called: Hempcrete as the wall system.
I'd love to collaborate with your company on these contests and to promote your Low Lumber requirements for Buildings that don't require slaying so many trees.
- Hempcrete is a bio-composite made of the inner woody core of the hemp plant mixed with a lime-based binder. The hemp core or “Shiv” has a high silica content which allows it to bind well with lime. This property is unique to hemp among all
- Hempcrete is a building material that incorporates hemp into its mixture.Hempcrete is very versatile as it can be used for wall insulation, flooring, walls, roofing and more. It's fire-proof, water-proof, and rot-proof as long as it's above ground
- Hempcrete is a natural, energy efficient building and insulating product
- He suggested a Vegetative Roof system but I don't feel comfortable growing vegetation on a roof and believe they should house Solar Panels instead.
- At the time I designed this building I was not fully aware that the other parts of the Hemp plant can be used to make Bricks.
- I designed that building and the buttresses to support actual heavy bricks. I feel that buttresses could be eliminated by band joists or cables that hold the sides of the building plumb.
- He informed me that his company has already proven the Pole Barn / Post Frame Construction process in Europe with success.
- He mentioned that when the building was finished no-one could tell that it utilized a post frame structure to support the Building.
- This adds credence to my theory: "Who Cares what's inside a wall" as long as it:
- 1) supports the building,
- 2) meets building code requirements,
- 3) Sustainable and uses less lumber,
- 4) He also mentioned that increasing the stud spacing to 24 inches has become the norm and another project even stretched the spacing even further because the Hempcrete around the stud walls acted as both "Support and Insulation"- the best of both worlds.
- 5) And most importantly is "Energy Efficient".