House made of hemp
New Zealand’s first hemp house is being built right here in Taranaki. In part four in a series on innovative Taranaki businesses, Susan Strongman speaks to Hemp Technologies owner Greg Flavall about all things hemp.
On a four hectare lifestyle block a few minutes north of New Plymouth, New Zealand’s first hemp house is being built.
Amongst wandering sheep, chooks and bee hives, the house is being constructed out of timber and hempcrete – a mixture of hemp, lime and water.
The 190 square-metre building’s owners, Lance and Miranda Palmer, say their hemp home will breathe and will be fire and pest resistant.
The hempcrete comes from company Hemp Technologies, which was founded by Taranaki-born man Greg Flavall in the US state of North Carolina.