Hemp Insulation used in Germany
Germany’s Hemp-insulated ECOLAR House Scoops the Solar Decathlon Engineering Prize
Solar Decathlon Europe got all fired up last night when Germany’s ECOLAR house scooped first place in the Engineering competition. Judges recognized the team’s thoughtful incorporation of several solar solutions, ecological and financial sensitivity, as well as their crafty emphasis on modularity. A flexible design that expands or shrinks to accommodate different users, ECOLAR also uses three different kinds of vertical and rooftop solar panels to generate energy. The team rounded out the remarkable project by insulating the compact home with one of the world’s most renewable and sustainable materials: hemp!