Sky high building costs and supply shortages? Try hemp

Houses made from hemp could be the next sustainable solution to Australia’s building supplies crisis.

Hemp concrete, or ‘hempcrete,’ is emerging as a greener alternative to traditional bricks and concrete. From domestic housing to city skyscrapers, plant-based materials such as hempcrete cut reliance on scarce resources and construct comfortable, healthy, and energy-efficient buildings.

The University of Adelaide’s Professor Rachel Burton, a researcher at the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, said it has massive potential, and there is a lot of interest in building hemp houses.

Professor Burton says, “Hemp is an extremely good insulator. It has been recognized that it controls humidity and it provides a lovely living environment for humans.”


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