United Kingdom’s government is getting into the hemp housing business. The Housing Corporation, a government agency that develops low-cost housing, will spend more than $150,000 building two homes out of compressed hemp fiber, the Financial Times reported Wednesday.
“Hemp composites, including paneling and fiberboard, comprise one of the fastest growing segments of the wood products industry,” NORML Foundation Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said. He noted that several European countries, including France and Germany, already use hemp hurds in housing construction.
The Housing Corporation will construct the homes using a method popularized in France that secures a mix of hemp and hydraulic lime on a timber frame.
Many companies are exploring the use of hemp as a building material because it provides significant thermal and sound insulation, is fire repellent, and recyclable.
For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre of The NORML Foundation @ (202) 483-8751 or NORML board member Don Wirtshafter of The Ohio Hempery @ (740) 662-4367.