America’s First Hemp House Pulls CO2 From the Air

Written by on August 16, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 34 Comments

Amanda Froelich | Humans Are Free

The gorgeous, eco-friendly home costs only $133 per square foot to build. Hemp is making a major comeback around the world. In the US, five states have legalized the recreational use of cannabis, and hemp-based building materials are now gaining in popularity.

The first house built in America with hemcrete was constructed in Asheville, North Carolina, and the 3,400 square foot Push House boasts a number of eco-friendly features.

To create a solid – yet breathable – wall system, hemp hurds were mixed with lime and water on-site an poured in-between the exterior supporting studs in lift.

As USA Today notes, Hempcrete is actually less like concrete and more like infill straw bale, as it is non-structural. The insulating quality is r-2.5 per inch, and it has the unique ability to capture airborne pollutants over time – absorbing carbon when it is grown and in place.

In addition, the material’s high thermal mass helps keep a steady interior temperature, rather than allowing it to fluctuate.

The interior walls of this gorgeous, eco-friendly house are made from Purepanel, a unique product made from recycled paper. It consists of a rigid skin with a corrugated paper core, similar to cardboard. (Below)

As CNN reports, the house also features 30 salvaged window frames that have been fitted with high tech glass. They were placed to allow the most daylighting without overheating the space. An open floor plans also allows the light to pervade deep into the home.

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  4.' Laurah Mason-Waterman says:

    Leah Rising wow!!

  5.' Daisy Daisy says:

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  6.' Mychell Ciarae Robinson says:

    Chris Deignan THIS!!

  7.' MauLotta Dick says:

    Fatima OC

  8.' Mohmmad Fahad Choudhary says:

    Olivia show this to sel

  9.' Joyce Battaglia says:

    This is similar to what I have in mind if ever have chance to rebuild this house, or built a new home elsewhere…windows and everything, except I would like it rounded!!! I’d make that large winder shorter and up from bottom part! VERY NICE!

  10.' Toy Kukard says:

    Would not work in sa… The thugs will steal your whole house…. Not just your valuables??

  11.' Denise Monnat says:

    Jono Starr check it out.

  12.' Sandra Watters says:

    Roy Baker

  13.' Dlav Gaucher says:

    Yay !!! Great news this is a beautiful START..Thank you for sharing

  14.' Kenzii Mae Tumak says:

    Michael Bedford when we build a house on our acreage we should build it from hemp materials

  15.' Holly Simonson says:

    452,200 dollar home

  16.' Kimberley Durban says:

    Richie Goodwin

  17.' Lisa Goggin says:

    I want this Steve Goggin!

  18.' Bel Tran says:

    Oscar Alejandro

  19.' Betty Miller says:

    $133.00 a square foot averages out to over $450,000.00 for a 3400 square foot home. That’s not very inexpensive!

  20.' Catherine Aset Cosmosa says:

    honestly that’s a hideous house but I love he functionality.

  21.' Jecika Taylor Hafley says:

    Kevin GrayShelia Bell

  22.' Steph Kajita says:

    Mark Boolen if only it were tiny ☺️

  23.' Jake Ryan says:

    Randy Preston we should do this in OG!

  24.' Ronnie Van Cleave says:

    Brian Williams

  25.' Debra Marks says:

    Juan Marquez good for bizz

  26. Anonymous says:

    Evan Malowney

  27.' Tusitala Tanielu says:

    Andrew Gleeson .. make ur new house outta these materials ..

  28.' Louise Leonard says:

    Not so cheap

  29.' Lania Shortt says:

    Love it…

  30.' Louise May Heath says:

    That is a home that cost almost $500,000 to build… and the fire retardant that would need to be infused on the whole thing would likely be toxic.

  31.' Louise May Heath says:

    Heads up people… Kelp grows at a rate of 2 feet a day.. get over the whole hemp crap..

  32.' Kate Martin says:

    Jamie Martin

  33.' Linda Slafer says:

    I really like this

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