Hemp house takes builder on a major learning curve


Hemp house takes builder on a major learning curve


Posted 02 August 2011, by Staff, The Advocate (Fairfax Media), theadvocate.com.au


PROUD AS PUNCH: Builder Rodney Gregg stands in front of Roger Bodley's Table Cape house, which is made with hemp. Pictrure: Kelly Slater.

TABLE Cape’s house that hemp built is almost two years behind schedule and turned out to be more of a lesson in how not to build an organic house than how to.

However, builder Rodney Gregg would do it all again in a flash.

Owner Roger Bodley was more cautious about taking on another hemp house project as he showed The Advocate through his architecturally designed, environmentally conscious home.

Perched high at the top of a sloping block, overlooking the ocean, Mr Bodley’s dream hemp home is taking shape.

Mr Bodley discovered the technique in the UK and wanted to use the concept when he moved back to Australia.

A relatively new idea here, much of what Mr Bodley needed to build the house had to be imported from Europe, but Mr Bodley said it could all be made locally if the idea took off.

“Getting the recipe right can be tricky. You don’t want it too dry or too wet and the mixture can vary depending on what time of year it is,” he said.

“If we get the recipe right I think it’ll take off here.”

Mr Bodley said being organic, the house heats well and is able to breathe, eliminating build-up of mould and other moisture.

Cool in summer and warm in winter, the house has attracted the attention of the University of Tasmania and universities in Europe and South America who are keen to learn why the product works so well to keep the home at a comfortable living temperature year round.

“You can use other organic material, but hemp seems to work the best,” Mr Bodley said.

Organic material also stores carbon, which Mr Bodley said would be the way of the future for building and could create new industry in growing hemp.

GALLERY: Hemp House Building Project



One response to this post.

  1. Congrats!! on building your hemp house. It is people like yourselves that is moving the industry forward. I live in the tropics with no available materials. Perhaps, I can import the materials to begin my house construction? Any ideas most welcome.


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