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Hemp-Integrated Building Systems (HIBS) in the Top End of Australia

Sanchez, Kirby Edrian (2015). Hemp-Integrated Building Systems (HIBS) in the Top End of Australia. Bachelor of Engineering (4th Year Project) Thesis, Charles Darwin University.

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Author Sanchez, Kirby Edrian
Title Hemp-Integrated Building Systems (HIBS) in the Top End of Australia
Institution Charles Darwin University
Publication Date 2015
Thesis Type Bachelor of Engineering (4th Year Project)
Abstract The implementation of hemp-integrated building systems (HIBS) in the Top End is not so easily viable due to logistical issues and construction challenges unique to the region. One way of achieving this is combining other materials to create a composite construction that, although not strictly low in carbon impact due to high embodied energy materials, has the ability to reduce energy use during operation.

This thesis aims to investigate further uses of industrial hemp in residential building construction particularly in the Northern Territory of Australia. The properties of this building material are examined to determine compatibility with the passive building design principles for hot-humid tropical areas. Termite infestation, steel frame corrosion, and costing are the current major issues that hemp will face as a building material if introduced in the Top End. However, the material has the potential to create a house capable of the mixed-mode of cooling in the tropics which features flexibility to passive and active cooling depending on the season in a year. A design proposal of hemp integrated building systems that address most of the issues has been developed along with a simplistic residential building design. To examine the validity of this proposal, a house energy rating simulation is carried out to obtain the thermal performance as well as doing a comparative analysis against conventional building systems.
Keyword Industrial Hemp
Hemp Building Systems
Thermal Performance
Energy rating

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