The First Public Building Made of Hemp in the United States Now Open in Idaho

The Borah Basin Building, the first public-use building made from hemp in the U.S., is now officially open in Ketchum, Idaho.

“I looked to natural materials to create more insulating, more efficient, and less energy intensive homes,” 26-year-old Mattie Mead told Komo News. “And through that study Hempcrete stood out to me as above and beyond one of the greatest options for creating a building that is not just energy efficient but is also healthy.”

Hempcrete, made from hemp, is an ideal building material as it’s fire resistant,  rot resistant, pest resistant, and mold resistant, all while being carbon-negative. “So in essence our building and our walls are carbon sinks – they take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Whereas most other building products are carbon positive – they put out more carbon dioxide than they absorb,” says Mead.

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