BUILDING a home using hemp is a creative way to head in the green direction.
At the Voase family farm near Brandesburton, hemp has played a key part in building work.
‘nice house to be in’: Nick Voase, of Inn Carr Farm, in front of his farmhouse made with hemp. Picture: Sean Spencer
Working towards a greener, more eco-friendly way of living, the arable farmers are hemp growers and processors.
With a full crop of hemp and the equipment in place to process it, in 2009 the Voases started on their first hemp project – to convert a barn.
According to the family, there was talk of hemp being good for building, because one of the big drivers is its carbon-negative properties.
Creating a hempcrete mixture, you are on to a winner with this material.
There is more CO2 absorbed by the plant during cultivation, and during construction the walls will continue to absorb CO2.
Now, the family is enjoying an eco-friendly environment in their three-bedroom home.
Mr Voase said: “The hemp regulates its own humidity and in a three-bed house, we only have one log stove in the living room.
“It is cheap to heat and it is extremely light so you get a good insulation.”