The Green Man Hotel

A unique development with an innovative design brief to create a 100% carbon negative building that can and will be the greenest, the healthiest, the most sustainable, the lowest impact as well as the most eco friendly and user friendly hotel anywhere in the world.



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As an environmentally friendly building technique, hemp building has many benefits.

Hemp masonry is naturally fire resistant so you can be sure that your hemp built house is safe and will protect you and your loved ones.

Hemp buildings are naturally sound proof so you can enjoy the silence in your acoustically insulated home.

A House built with Hemp dramatically improve the air quality inside the building and reduce the amount of airborne moulds and toxins that can cause respiratory disease. This means you can be sure of a healthy environment for you and your family.

 The lime/hemp composite building material is naturally resistant to rats and mice so you don’t have to worry about pests and diseases.

Hemp masonry has excellent thermal insulation properties which means you will see lower heating and cooling costs compared to conventionally built properties

When built to recommendations the  building is possibly cheaper than the cheapest form of project homes– ie. brick veneer, yet the hemp building is far superior in many ways.

Hemp masonry does not need to be subjected to high temperatures. In fact building with hemp means it takes more carbon out of the atmosphere than it adds.

Using  hemp building techniques the cost of building a house of hemp are much lower because  the whole stalk can be used avoiding the expensive hemp fibre separation process.

Hemp masonry is attractive so no need to render, plaster, paint or insulate if you don’t want to.

You can grow your own hemp and using only simple machinery, process the stalks to provide enough material to build your own house of hemp that was grown only metres away. although you do not need to grow your own to use this hemp building method, you can just buy direct from the nearest hemp farmer.

 Hemp lime composite is a simple low tech product that requires high standards of quality control; if carried out correctly hemp lime construction has been proven to be one of the most sustainable and successful building methods ever invented.

Another benefit of building in the Algarve is that one of the major european producers of the lime material used in this type of construction is based in Portugal with a distribution facility not too far away.   

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