Two houses made of hemp have been built to ease rental crisis

Julia Driscoll
Updated September 20 2023 - 9:22am, first published September 18 2023 - 12:00pm
Architect Alan Smith and owner Barry Lambert inside one of the houses built from hempcrete. Picture by Julia Driscoll
Architect Alan Smith and owner Barry Lambert inside one of the houses built from hempcrete. Picture by Julia Driscoll

Hemp - it's been used to make rope, textiles and clothes, paper and bioplastics, and hemp oil is used medicinally. And now, it's one of the newest materials to build houses.

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Julia Driscoll

Julia Driscoll

Journalist

Julia Driscoll has worked as a journalist for the Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Times for seven years. She values the deep connection with community that being a rural and regional journalist brings. Career highlights have involved environmental stories - bringing the plight of the little known endangered Manning River helmeted turtle to the attention of the public, resulting in wide-spread knowledge in the community and conservation action; and breaking the news of the Manning River ceasing to run for the first time in recorded history.