Category: Homes & Habitats

  • UK Farmer Grows his Home from Hemp

    UK Farmer Grows his Home from Hemp

    August 26, 2015 – When UK farmer Nick Voase switched his croplands from potatoes to hemp after severe flooding in 2007, he probably didn’t know he’d one day be using part of his harvest to build a home. Fast forward to 2015 and the Voase family lives in an amazing eco-hemp house, held together with…

  • Hemp House Becomes South Africa’s Most Sustainable Building

    Hemp House Becomes South Africa’s Most Sustainable Building

    June 29, 2011 – South Africa has tapped into the eco-mine of sustainable building material: hemp. Tony Budden, an avid hemp advocate in South Africa, has been on the hemp soapbox for years—the versatile superplant can be converted into countless materials, including paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, and fuel. Budden paired up with Dutch architect Erwin…

  • The Hemp Chair by Werner Aisslinger

    The Hemp Chair by Werner Aisslinger

    April 21, 2011 – “Werner Aisslinger, a designer based in Berlin, is responsible for the Hemp Chair. Lightweight, strong, easy to mold – the basis for the chair comes from the automotive industry, and the hook comes in the use of hard wearing sustainable materials. Hailed as the world’s first concept for a monobloc chair…

  • South Africa: High Hopes for Hemp House

    South Africa: High Hopes for Hemp House

    March 23, 2011 – South Africa’s building industry has taken another step forward. High up on a hill overlooking the sea in Noordhoek, Western Cape, stands the House that Hemp Built. The first of its kind in South Africa, the building was constructed almost entirely of materials that could be grown on a few hectares…

  • Hemp Homes are Cutting Edge of Green Building

    Hemp Homes are Cutting Edge of Green Building

    September 13, 2010 – In Asheville, N.C., a home built with thick hemp walls was completed this summer and two more are in the works. Dozens of hemp homes have been built in Europe in the past two decades, but they’re new to the United States, says David Madera, co-founder of Hemp Technologies, a company…

  • Hemp: The Construction Plant

    Hemp: The Construction Plant

    January 23, 2010 – Bath,U.K. – The director of the UK’S Building Research Establishment Centre for Innovative Construction Materials at the University of Bath recently started a £740,000 project, funded by the UK government and the construction industry, to study and develop the material’s use in building. The research builds on foundations laid more than…

  • Another Use for Hemp: Home Construction

    Another Use for Hemp: Home Construction

    Tradical Hemcrete, a combination of hemp chips and lime-based binder, is the wall material of choice for a group of builders and designers in North Carolina Devember 7, 2009 – Fabrics and rugs made with industrial hemp are often cited as acceptably green alternatives to floor coverings made from petrochemicals, or to woolen rugs treated…

  • Building with Hemp in America: The Forefront of a New Green Construction Technique

    Building with Hemp in America: The Forefront of a New Green Construction Technique

    November 22, 2009 – Leave it to Asheville N.C. to be the first place in the country to build not just one, but two houses largely out of hemp. Well-established as a green building center, Asheville has two homes under construction – one in West Asheville, another off Town Mountain Road – that use hemp…

  • Rapid Growth in Hemp-based Construction

    Rapid Growth in Hemp-based Construction

    November 18, 2009 – A visit to the Innovation Park at BRE in Watford has been arranged as part of the Natural Fibres 09 conference, which takes place at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in London from December 14-16. The park showcases modern methods of construction and features over 200 different emerging technologies…