(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — Pennsylvania’s first home improvement made with hemp-based building materials will be unveiled this week in New Castle.
According to DON Enterprises, hempcrete is a biocomposite non-structural insulation material that has been used for centuries in European construction. It is made from just three ingredients, hemp (the inner woody core of the industrial hemp stalk), lime and water. Hempcrete is pest, mold and flame resistant.
Hemp and Marijuana are different varieties of the same plant species, however, Marijuana contains THC, while Hemp is grown for its fibers, seeds and floral extracts, and contains less than 0.3% THC. THC.
At 2 p.m. Friday, PA Department of Agriculture Fred Strathmeyer and Director of Policy Mike Roth will unveil the PA Hemp Home Project, Pennsylvania’s first full renovation of a run-down home using hemp-based building materials. The home is located in the 500 block of Spruce Street in New Castle, Pennsylvania.
Hemp flooring was also used in the home, produced from hemp grown in Lawrence County through the DON’s Hemp Test Acres program. The program helps farmers learn how to grow industrial hemp.
The home was built by DON Enterprises, Inc. Funding was provided, in part, by the PA Department of Agriculture.
“BMW has been using it in its cars since 2016,” said Lori Daytner, vice president of program development for DON Enterprises, in a press release. “It is lighter and stronger than many components, which is extremely important for lean production of electric vehicles.”
“Projects like PA Hemp Home help educate people and create awareness that industrial hemp is not marijuana. You can’t get high on hemp because it’s a totally different cultivar, as different as lemons and oranges are, despite both being citrus fruits,” Daytner explained. “Many people are unaware of the sheer number of uses of industrial hemp and its potential to give our farmers an extra option in their crop rotation. DON is working to change that, with the support of the Ministry of Health. ‘PA Agriculture.