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Hemp House: Sssmokin’!

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This new green home by North Carolina Push Design is the first hemp house in the United States. Hemp is a plant from the cannabis family – yup, another great feature of this wonderful plant – which is used to build carbon-neutral homes.

This revolutionary material creates a living breathing wall, that is non-toxic, mildew-resistant, pest-free and flame-resistant. The hemp mixture is placed inside 2×4 ft. wall forms. Once it sets, the forms are removed. The result is a concrete-like form.

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What is hemp and how does it work?

“Hemp-lime is a lightweight composite building material made of fibres from the fast growing plant, bound together using a lime-based adhesive. The hemp plant stores carbon during its growth and this, combined with the low carbon footprint of lime and its very efficient insulating properties, gives the material a ‘better than zero carbon’ footprint.”

During the construction of the house, Push Design comment in their blog:

“Now that I have witnessed the hemp walls be exposed to rain, snow, ice and severe wind for the last 45 days I’m not sure if I have ever seen anything quite like it. It has continued to become harder over this time period and there has been no sign whatsoever of any kind of failure.”

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As you can see the house is both eco-friendly and beautiful, featuring modern interior design created with close attention to details. Just look at this bathroom – filled with natural light, contemporary yet warm and inviting.

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* All images courtesy of Push Design

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