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Hemp Habitats – Homes of the Future?

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Becca Wolford, Contributing Writer
Waking Times 

Hemp homes, while not mainstream yet, are the cutting edge of green building and living. Hemp, one of the strongest and most durable fibers on the planet, is being used for foundations, walls, roofing, insulation, and indoor textiles and installations.

Hemcrete is made with hemp hurds  and lime, and is stronger, lighter, and more flexible than concrete. It is used for foundations and wall structures, and is a carbon-negative substitute for traditional concrete.

Buildings account for 38% of the CO2 emissions in the U.S., according to the U.S. Green Building Council and demand for carbon neutral and/or zero-footprint buildings is at an all-time high.” (

Hempboard is a fiber board made with hemp hurds. It can be used for walls, cabinetry, doors, shelves, furniture, and flooring.

Hemp insulation comes in many forms – mat and roll, spun and loosely compacted hemp fiber insulation, and hemcrete.

Hemp roof tiles can come in several shapes and sizes.

In all of the above applications, hemp is the perfect choice  because it is:

Water resistant

Insect resistant

Mold resistant

Rodent repellent

In some applications, the products are fire-resistant and,

In all applications the hemp is an excellent insulator and of course, helps to keep the air in the home clean.

And why, do you ask, are hemp homes carbon negative? The growing and harvesting of the hemp plants lock up a larger amount of carbon dioxide (cleaning the air and environment)  than the lime binder used in the hemcrete production.

Farming hemp in the U.S. and building more hemp structures would be valuable – both economically AND environmentally.

About the Author

Becca Wolford is a writer, entrepreneur, artist, reiki practitioner, and hemp activist. She has experienced first-hand the nutritional and healing benefits of hemp and her passion is learning, writing, and educating others about the benefits of hemp – benefits that encompass nutritional health for humans, a healthy environment, and a healthier economy.

Becca also distributes Versativa, an amazing raw, clean, hemp-based nutritional supplement and Restoration90, a raw, clean, nutritional product with marine phytoplankton, hemp, and essential nutrients for optimum health. Please support her at her excellent blog

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  • There seems to be a lot of positive outcomes if we started using hemp for many applications. This is a very interesting application and it would be a great idea if we could finally get it legal to grow, at least for specific uses.

  • SamFox

    Sorry to do 3 posts. But I found a list of cool homes & some history just using the term Hemp Homes in a general search.



  • SamFox

    I forgot to mention, also look up at YouTube, Run From The Cure- The Rick Simpson Story.

    I just looked. There is a LOT of info about hemp online.


  • SamFox

    Is the ‘green movement’ finally catching on to hemp? Where have they been all these years? On hemp, that is.

    Any one check out Henry Ford’s hemp car at YouTube? Made from hemp & fueled by hemp oil fuel. Also these days a coupla car makers are using hemp.

    Look that up. Really cool IMO.

    Also any one want the truth about hemp & cannabis look up Jack Herer’s site. Jack is gone now but last time I was there his wife was in charge. Look for Jack’s outstanding book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes. And look up the History Of Marijuana Prohibition.

    Regarding cannabis & hemp, Jim is right. Also look up US Founding Fathers used Indian Hemp. Some of them used the smoking kind! Gasp!! 🙂

    Great article, thanks for posting it.


  • Uncle B

    Legal to grow Hemp in Canada now – you Google you see! Hempcrete blocks – what are there “R” or insulation ratings? Can Hemp plants be bales like straw for mold proof Hemp Bale houses with very high “R’ factors such as the Straw bale R-60 now found across Canada? Will these Hemp Bales or hempcrete blocks be load bearing for roofs?

  • jim

    Hemp was made illegal for two specific reasons: it competed against the lumber, oil and pharmaceutical industries; and there is much money in making marijuana illegal. Since the crooks who made hemp illegal are in control of the US Federal Government, hemp will remain illegal until Hell freezes over.

  • and the big bad wolf….prints currency…Owns the Media, and dig this chutzpah….operates a CRACK HOUSE called CONgress…!!

    you know in the for what it is worth dept.

    flexible joints…?

  • Sharon

    Are there larger photos? How much to build a hemp home vs conventional? Can a hemp home withstand extreme temperatures and moisture? High winds?

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