By Chip Womick [email protected] Twitter: @ChipWomickCT
FRANKLINVILLE — A clutch of people cheered a few weeks ago as a crane lifted and human hands guided the last of the 16 prefabricated panels into place on a tiny house being built in the Living Well Community.
It was a special occasion for Marty Clemons, who will live in the house on a little street called Infinite Way off N.C. 22. Several of her future neighbors were on hand to share in her excitement. They had walked a short distance for a front row seat.
The construction was significant enough that several folks flew south from Chicago to watch, too.
Clemons’ future home is the first hemp house ever built in North America using hempcrete panels.
The first house made primarily of hemp in the United States was raised in Asheville in 2010. A mixture of industrial hemp shives (the woody core of the plant), lime and water — which creates a lightweight insulating material called hempcrete — was mixed on site and placed in the walls. Since then, many