A home that could halve bills from energy suppliers has been built by the National Non-Food Crops Centre (NNFCC) using a government grant.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change put up £200,000 to fund the building of the home that is made of a hemp and lime mixture known as Hemcrete, which absorbs carbon dioxide as it grows and could reduce energy bills to just £150 a year, reports the Guardian.
Dr John Williams, head of materials at the NNFCC, told the paper the three-bedroom house could be widely available on the housing market if orders for 25,000 of the buildings are put in by developers.
He said: "Increasing numbers of farmers are growing hemp because it fits in with their current growing cycles between April and September and it is a good break crop for wheat. If just one per cent of the UK's agricultural land was used to grow hemp, it would be enough to build 180,000 homes per year."
The government already has plans to retrofit every UK home in a bid to help homeowners tackle high energy bills.
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