A lot of homes claim to be green, but the Ein Hod Hemp House in Israel is putting them all to shame. The ground floor facade is constructed from local stone found only during the excavation of the site. In lieu of concrete, the upper level is formed using a mixture of hydraulic lime and cannabis — or hempcrete. This material is not only a light-weight, organic alternative to cement but also provides insulation for the home. Natural-based plaster and rammed earth walls line the interior, topped with a wood beam ceiling. The ecological elements go beyond just the structure itself with solar panels, passive air conditioning, and a rainwater collection system.
Photos: Yaeli Gavrieli / Tav Group