Community effort builds hempcrete ‘Miracle’ house

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Photo: Friends, neighbours and strangers put hempcrete on the walls of the house being built for the Read family at Canowindra. (Supplied: David Bullock)
Bucket by bucket, a hempcrete house is being constructed by volunteer labour in a small New South Wales town to provide an accessible and clean-air environment for triplets with muscular dystrophy.
Putting the hempcrete on the walls is a labour-intensive process and therefore could be very expensive, but the Read family of Canowindra in central-west New South Wales has been overwhelmed by help from friends, community members and complete strangers.
“It’s pretty humbling and pretty exciting at the same time,” said Jemimah Read, mother of the triplets and with her husband Ben, owner of the project dubbed the ‘Miracle’ house.
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