December 16, 2021
In France, A Hempcrete Sports Center Demonstrates the Material’s Promise
Outside the building, one hardly sees any trace of the material. For protection from weather, all facades are made of white fiber cement panels that allow individual components to be replaced or repaired. Inside, the lower sections of the walls have been treated with hemp plaster, but the hempcrete blocks have been left visible on the upper reaches to make full use of their acoustic, thermal, and climatic properties.
This debut for the novel material comes at a time when broader adoption not only in France, but around the world seems to be right around the corner. Since it became legal to grow hemp in 47 states, and since the United States is the third largest producer of industrial hemp (behind China and Canada), we can expect to see more hempcrete projects domestically as well.
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