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Hemp as the multibillion-dollar cannabis opportunity few have heard about

*WISE: Sustainable construction in practice A new residential teaching facility (Wales Institute for Sustainable Education) under construction at the Centre for Alternative Technology. The building incorporates carbon-saving materials and technologies including ‘hemcrete’ (hemp based sprayed concrete) and 7.2m-high rammed earth walls, making them the highest walls of this kind in Britain.

The inner fibers of the hemp stalk, called hurds, are known for their low density and high absorbency, which means they can be mixed with plaster or lime to make cheap and efficient building materials.

This absorbency also makes it a great bed or surface for animals that minimizes dust, fungal spores and odors. Compared to concrete, hempcrete weighs about 90 percent less, uses significantly fewer petrochemicals, is virtually fireproof and, unlike concrete, allows moisture to pass through, reducing mold and mildew problems. In terms of sustainability, hempcrete sequesters carbon, whereas the cement industry is one of the world’s leading producers of CO2.

Original Article (Entrepreneur):
Hemp as the multibillion-dollar cannabis opportunity few have heard about
Artwork Fair Use: Stephen Craven

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