High Hopes for Hemp Homes!

High Hopes for Hemp Homes!
Posted by FoM on May 12, 1999 at 16:36:59 PT
Cannabis: A future in the construction industry? 
Source: BBC
A British town could be accused of going to pot as more than 100,000 is spent on building two homes from cannabis plants.Hemp is said to provide excellent insulation and can be easily recycled.The hemp compound will be used for external and internal walls where its thermal efficiency and sound absorbing qualities can be optimised.
Some smokers may be disappointed to learn there will be little to gain from trying to chisel bits of the crop out of the house for a roll-up as this treated version of the crop is non-flammable.Not so much bricks and mortar as investing in hemp Work will begin next month on the two hemp houses in Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk, in a project that could signal the return to use of this once common crop in the UK.Housing Corporation spokesman Jonathan Rosenberg said: "Our organisation supports a wide range of innovative projects. Some are to do with bricks and mortar and some are more socially based."New techniques have not been adopted in this country in the same way as they have been in some European countries."The new homes will be built next to two brick-built houses and comparisons will be made in cost and performance.The materials will be imported from France. The basic structure will be a timber frame around which the hemp compound will be poured.Click the above link to read the whole story!
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