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Performance building products from nature
Hemp is a very versatile agricultural crop with a long tradition. In China, rope and paper had been manufactured from hemp even before writing was invented. At the beginning of the 20th century, hemp was still a vital cultivated plant in Europe, until it started being replaced by wood for paper manufacturing and cotton for textile production.
As a result, hemp was overlooked for a long time, but today its natural advantages are becoming the focus of attention again. Hemp uses solar energy more effectively than many plants. Used as part of a rotation policy it is a good soil conditioner and during the growing process it makes a significant contribution to climate protection by fixing CO2. As a raw material in STEICOcanaflex insulation, hemp shows its real performance once the fibres have been processed into a highly efficient flexible insulation board with no dangerous additives.
Hemp fibres are one of the most resilient natural products providing ideal conditions for a long insulating material life. In comparison to other annual fibre crops such as flax, jute or cotton, hemp fibres are characterised by a unique combination of fibre length, fibre stiffness and breaking strain. Therefore, hemp is considered to be the strongest native natural fibre and is classed second only to coco fibres for durability in use.
In addition, STEICOcanaflex offers a high resistance to insects and rodents due to the nature of the material properties.
STEICOcanaflex is certified with the European quality mark – natureplus®. The natureplus®-seal of quality embodies health awareness, environmentally-friendly production, protection of limited naturals resources and their suitability of application. Products with this label are made predominantly from renewable /sustainable sources of raw materials.
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More vitality in a healthy room climate
How comfortable you feel within your own four walls depends on many factors but the right environmental climate is definitely a key factor, so are a pleasant temperature, optimum humidity and fresh air.
STEICOcanaflex has outstanding insulation values. With this natural building material you can save valuable heating energy in winter and at the same time you will be protected against the heat gain in summer. Yet another advantage of STEICOcanaflex is the capacity to effectively absorb sound.
The water vapour open structure of the material allows STEICOcanaflex to reduce the risks of interstitial condensation within a frame. Using STEICOcanaflex in a breathing wall construction will help to maintain comfortable humidity levels in the building. Due to the fact that we only use natural products with no environment damaging additives, you can rely on STEICOcanaflex to provide a healthy room climate.
Ecological performance over many years
STEICOcanaflex may be a little more expensive than some conventional insulating materials. However, the purchase price represents only one part of the total costs of the insulation performance over time.
Conventional insulation materials, which are not considered emission free, require more stringent handling and disposal procedures, leading to higher costs. STEICOcanaflex can be easily and cheaply recycled.
With STEICOcanaflex you do not only insulate for the current generation but can also be confident about the product’s performance in the future. This is because this ecological insulation material is non hazardous and can easily be recycled. This is a cost advantage which pays off.
Machining – simple and non-allergenic
The processing of STEICOcanaflex is particularly user friendly and will not knowingly cause itching or scratching – whether during cutting or installation. STEICOcanaflex can be processed using simple tools.
The flexible STEICOcanaflex board is installed into cavities using minimum pressure (cut the board 10 to 20 mm oversize to assist friction fitting). Off cuts may be used to fill small voids to minimize wastage. To fill wider voids install the boards in a horizontal direction.