Hemp is looking pretty snazzy these days. Put aside old visions of burlap-like shirts that belong with hacky sacks. New hemp tech is greening electric vehicles and even house construction.
The "Hemp House" in Asheville, North Carolina, looks so far from a hippie haven it could have been ripped from the pages of Dwell. Anthony Brenner of Push Design led the house construction for Russ Martin and Karon Korp. CNN recently featured it in a segment, showing walls made from "hempcrete," a material made out of hemp, lime, and water.
Hemp is a hardy plant that grows quickly, and hempcrete is an excellent insulator. According to CNN, the 3,400 square foot house's recent month cooling bill was $100. The house wasn't cheap to construct -- at $133 per square foot the total is just under half a million bucks. But it looks like a million.