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The Pierre Chevet Sports Centre is France’s first public building made from hemp

Dec 16, 2021 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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The hemp panels used in its construction were grown within 500 kilometres of the building site.

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The first public building in France to be made from hempcrete, a mix of hemp hurd, lime and water, is further evidence that hemp could be a viable construction material for the future.

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In August, Vancouver-based Global Hemp Group (GHG) finalized the purchase of the remaining strategic land required for the long-term development of its planned green community in Hayden, Colo.

In partnership with Western Sierra Resource Corporation, GHG plans to create a “Sustainable Economic Zone” and build sustainable, affordable housing with hemp-based construction materials.

The company now has 830 acres available for the development of affordable homes over the 20-plus year timeline of the project.

The project’s master builder is Gabriel Gauthier, who built what is believed to be the first hemp house in North America, located east of Montreal, in 2005.

Gauthier has since built more than 50 hemp houses in Quebec and Ontario, in addition to renovating more than 100 homes using hemp materials.

But you don’t need to be an expert to work with hemp.

In May, Pennsylvania husband and wife team, Drew Oberholtzer and Anastasiya Konopatskaya, launched a DIY cabin made from hempcrete. The Traveler, at 140 sq. ft., requires only three tools to assemble: an electric drill, mallet and a screw gun.

“When hemp, lime and water are combined, it creates an assembly that is mould-, fire- and insect-resistant. It’s perfect for climates like ours in the Northeast, but also for humid places like Florida and dry ones like California,” the couple said.

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