David Madera, co-founder of Hemp Technologies Inc. passed away on July 22, 2012. The son of a military family, David was born in Heidelberg, Germany. The family later settled down in Asheville, North Carolina. David’s career path changed from banker to hemp entrepreneur as he pursued his passion to build sustainable, clean air projects.
The use of hemp for construction purposes had spread across Europe. Hemp’s energy-efficiency, non-toxicity, carbon dioxide absorption qualities, and resistance to mold, insects, and fire made it a premier building material. David and co-founder Greg Flavell were seeking green, sustainable construction materials when they discovered Hempcrete projects in England, France, Belgium, and Switzerland. David stated later in an interview, “We did our first seminar in 2009, and it was the most important thing that helped promote it.”
Hemp Technologies currently has built Hempcrete houses in Hawaii, Texas, North Carolina, Idaho and North Carolina. Internationally, Hempcrete houses can be found in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. The four North Carolina Hempcrete houses showed an undeniable reduction in energy costs. A 2,000 square foot home is currently being completed in Haily, Idaho.
In Hawaii, Jay Fidell and Greg Flavell have had numerous meetings with State Representative Cynthia Thielen, a featured activist in the documentary “Hempsters Plant the Seed” regarding the possibility of using Hempcrete in the remodel of Hawaii State University.
In Bristol, Texas, “Hempsters Plant the Seed’ producer Diana Oliver will be filming the building of three separate 3,000 foot square homes with Hempcrete. Production is set for 2013.
The Hemp.com family applauds Hemp Technologies Inc. for their Facebook post stating that they “will keep building with hemp in his honor”.