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Hempcrete Given the Greenlight by the US Residential Building Codes

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Hempcrete, alongside other hemp-based building materials, have been officially approved by the US Residential Building Code. This happened at a meeting by the International Code Council (ICC) which was held in Louisville, KY last week.

During the meeting, the public comment period for hempcrete construction was closed and an appendix BA for hempcrete was created and will be published in the 2023 International Residential Code (IRC). The IRC regulates all residential codes in all but one state, Wisconsin.

Hempcrete is made from hemp stalks and lime binders. It offers several benefits as a building material. It's strong, durable, and fire-resistant. In addition, hemp sequesters carbon and makes hempcrete an excellent zero-carbon building material that minimizes the carbon footprint. With this new provision, building departments will be free to review building plans that involve the use of hempcrete. This will help in moving the hemp industry to the mainstream.

 

Lydia K. (Bsc. RN) is a cannabis writer, which, considering where you’re reading this, makes perfect sense. Currently, she is a regular writer for Mace Media. In the past, she has written for MyBud, RX Leaf & Dine Magazine (Canada), CBDShopy (UK) and Cannavalate & Pharmadiol (Australia). She is best known for writing epic news articles and medical pieces. Occasionally, she deviates from news and science and creates humorous articles. And boy doesn't she love that! She equally enjoys ice cream, as should all right-thinking people.


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