Visit to Domain Trinity in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu during the 7th International Symposium on Hemp Construction, which we hosted in Montreal in Fall 2017.
Gabriel Gauthier, a pioneer of hemp construction in North America, has more than 20 years of expertise as a professional artisan and specialized contractor. With ArtCan, he has completed over a hundred hemp and lime self-construction and renovation projects in Quebec and Ontario.
WHY CHOOSING ARTCAN?
For more than 20 years, ArtCan has been bringing the art of hemp to life.
We pass on this ancestral know-how not only by supplying materials but also by accompanying you in your project so that you can live an unforgettable experience. Our research and development branch is also involved in the design and integrated management of your project.
Also, we have designedthe unique Canalliance material for you, the key element that guarantees you overall comfort: a house with perfect insulation but a house that breathes, cool in summer, and warmly comforting in winter.
Natural materials are insurance for us as well as for the environment. They guarantee a healthy environment, free of dangerous chemical compounds from paints, glues, or other toxic products. For a natural recipe, the selection of ingredients must be meticulous.
To the chènevotte, we add our formulated lime (burnt limestone), a catalyst for an innovative mixture. The result is an “insulating concrete” of hemp, meticulously elaborated to perfection, based on a 2000-year-old tradition of organic masonry.
HEMP: AN ECONOMICAL MATERIAL
Our hemp house designs can save 50% in energy costs, thanks to the clever combination of thermal mass and insulation. Southern orientation, passive heating, and thoughtful architecture are keys to energy savings. Also, self-supporting hemp walls reduce the amount of wood required.
Buildings that age quickly often require new investments and additional resources. That is why betting on longevity is in the spirit of sustainable development. We benefit, and so does the environment. Fireproof, resistant to vermin and mold, hemp houses have proven themselves by reaching ages unmatched by conventional construction.