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Hemp Homes’ Spark Building Industry

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As more states legalize marijuana for recreational and medical purposes, the housing industry is increasingly looking to embrace it as a building material too.

North Carolina boasts the first modern U.S. hemp house, which was constructed in 2010. About 50 homes in the country have since popped up with hemp built in.

Hemp structures date back to Roman times. But now, some builders want to bring it back to their markets, since it’s known for being a fast-growing, sustainable product.

Mixing hemp’s woody fibers with lime produces a natural, light concrete that retains thermal mass and is highly insulating.

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