GLOSSARY & SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS
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 natural fibers. The result is a lightweight cementitious insulating material weighing about a seventh or an eighth of the weight of concrete. It is not used as a structural element, only as insulating infill between the frame members.
A panelized building system incorporates construction techniques that use advanced technology, quality materials and a controlled work environment to build energy-efficient homes in less time. Your new home’s panels would be engineered and fabricated in our manufacturing warehouse in just a few days before being shipped to your home site. Once at the site, the shell of a panelized home can be erected and made weather-tight in a matter of days. Delays due to weather, material delivery and subcontractor schedules, often unavoidable in stick-built construction, are much less a problem with panelized home construction.
Panelized building is an inherently green way to build, and is recognized in several green building certifications. Factory assembly means reduced construction material waste, less job site disturbance, and easier cleanup.