The UK’s Guardian Newspaper has put together a shortlist of 10 of the UK’s best eco homes. From April 21 – 24, they are asking the public to vote for their favourite. Dryers-slider_800pxSo far 4 of the houses have been featured. The fourth is a hemp cottage in County Down, Northern Island, constructed in 2008, using all natural materials.

The architect, Tom Woolley, says that ‘hempcrete,’ a combination of hemp and lime, was the solution to their building needs – to construct a low-carbon, all natural, energy efficient home that was simple and economical.

The building’s frame was built out of local Douglas fir, the roof was partially turfed and filled with sheep wool insulation, and the stud work was constructed using hemp and lime. ‘Hempcrete’ maintains a consistent temperature no matter what the outdoor temperature is. It absorbs sound and humidity, yet it is a breathable and healthy material.

‘Hempcrete’ is just one of the many uses of hemp.

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