Published on November 26th, 2012 | by Brett Gustafson1
Nation’s First Hemp Constructed House Built in Asheville NC (Video)
Asheville is continuing to push the edges of innovation, green culture, and sustainable living. Last month we wrote about the first wild foods market opening in the US and now Asheville is highlighted at the cutting edge of hemp construction. Although growing hemp is currently illegal in the US for any reason, Asheville, NC construction pioneers Push Design and Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty have teamed up to construct the first hemp house in the nation.
The home is made of industrial hemp which is very different from marijuana. Industrial hemp has many useful industrial qualities and none of the drug effect. The building is made of Hemp-Crete, which consists of hemp and lime; it offers excellent insulation properties, strength, versatility, and is safe for those people suffering from chemically sensitivities.
The hemp used in the house was unfortunately imported from outside the US rather than grown locally in the region. Hemp is one of the easiest plants to grow and has an immense amount of uses in society from oil, to plastics, to insulation, to paper, to building products, to fuel, and even food. If we are serious about our environment, industrial hemp needs to be legalized in the US.
Press release for “Bringing it Home” the movie:
Industrial hemp makes 1,000’s of sustainable products and can help farmers, our health, the economy, and the environment. But why can’t we grow it in the U.S.? Now raising money to complete production, “Bringing It Home” (www.bringingithomemovie.com) explores the story of hemp: past, present and future and the expanding global industry that is putting money in the pockets of business leaders and farmers all over the globe. Hemp is a non-psychoactive plant that can help solve problems such as global warming, nutrition, deforestation, unemployment, toxic clean-ups and improve indoor air quality in buildings.
Filmmakers Blaire Johnson and Linda Booker began filming after learning about the first house completed in the America using hemp-crete by a home designer now on a mission to build a hemp group home for his young daughter and other children with chemical sensitivities and disabilities. As a building material, hemp combined with lime is non-toxic, highly insulating and mildew, pest and fire-resistant. But the one huge drawback — industrial hemp is currently illegal to grow in the United States — so it must be imported, despite the fact that it once was a thriving crop in America. Industrial hemp varieties are non-psychoactive Cannabis Sativa L plants grown for their seeds, oil fiber and woody core.
American consumers are purchasing an estimated $419 million in hemp products annually and that number continues to grow. China is the largest exporter of industrial hemp and American farmers are cut out of the competition due to federal classification of hemp as a drug, despite 17 U.S. states having passed hemp farming legislation.