Monday, November 29, 2010

Hempcrete Construction

Asheville area leads nation in hempcrete construction

Greg Flavall, who is co-founder and technical director of, holds a bag of industrial hemp being used in the construction of a hemp house in Waynesville, NC. 11/23/10 - Erin Brethauer

November 29, 2010 - When it comes to hemp building, business is booming.

“Western North Carolina essentially is the capital of hempcrete building in the United States right now,” said Gregory Flavall, the co-founder of Hemp Technologies, the Asheville-based company that supplies the hemp-based building material to contractors.

Two hemp-based homes have been completed in Asheville, one in West Asheville and another off Town Mountain Road, and another is going up in Haywood County near Lake Junaluska. Flavall says his company has dozens of projects lined up, both in WNC and throughout the country, including in Texas, Colorado and Hawaii.

Hemp construction undoubtedly got a nice boost, Flavall says, from an article in USA TODAY and a segment on CNN. Over the past six to eight months, interest has picked up domestically, as well as from overseas, with inquiries coming in form the Netherlands and Romania. Hemp Technologies has 38 projects in development, and Flavall said he and his business partner likely will add up to eight employees in the coming year or two to handle demand. {read rest}

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