Growing our way out of climate change by building with hemp and wood fibre

Mike Lawrence
Hemp pant
Houses made from hemp could mitigate climate change. Photograph: Roy Morsch/Corbis
How can buildings help with climate change? It’s all about renewables and “sequestered carbon”.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ 2010 report on Low Carbon Construction concluded that construction was responsible for around 300m tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, which is almost 47% of the UK’s total. Of this, around 50m tonnes is embedded in the fabric of buildings.
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