Monday, August 3, 2009

Cannabis Houses Have Lower Carbon Footprint

Houses built out of hemp instead of traditional building materials leave a ‘better than zero carbon’ footprint, according to new research out of the UK.

Written by Bryan Nelson

Aside from helping to combat global warming, building homes from the cannabis plant could also give a boost to struggling rural economies. That’s good news almost everywhere except for within the U.S., where industrialized hemp is still illegal to grow under federal law.

The process for constructing the carbon neutral building material is a unique one which uses lime-based adhesive to bind together hemp fibers. Homes built from the hemp-lime material can reach carbon neutrality in large part due to the remarkable efficiency by which the fast growing hemp plant can store carbon as it grows. The lime adhesive is also important due to its powerful insulating properties.
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