Cannabis-based building material called hempcrete has popped out as a futuristic green building material because it’s sustainable, fireproof and can be used for insulating homes. Lately, Leigh Humphries from Wilmington, North Carolina has created a sustainable doghouse made from bio-composite material hempcrete and now Ryan Chadwick, a famous restaurateur has started a company called Stay Kondo to build modular tiny houses from hempcrete.
After noting the lack of affordable housing in luxury resort towns for seasonal workers, he came on to make affordable tiny houses for them. Kondo housing unit comes pre-integrated with a lot of features to ensure carbon neutrality and comfy off-grid living.
Each unit has a loft bedroom with sleeping space for two, a bathroom, a pull-down dining table, a living room area with sofa, and a small kitchen. The hemp tiny house comes fully equipped with solar panels, a skylight, rain water storage, insulation, rain gutters, rain water collectors, and black and grey water storage. Moreover, these living units are not stationary and can also be moved to different places. In need of more space, two units can also be combined to form a 400-square-foot living space sufficient for up to five persons. Dubbed as Kondo Connect, it allows users connect their tiny homes in a range of different configurations.
As of hempcrete, it is defined as lightweight and strong building material that can be sustainably grown without any herbicides in about four months, which is considerably less than growth time taken by any kind of lumber. As per Curbed, Kondo tiny homes won’t be available for sale, but there are plans to lease them to business owners, so that they can rent them to the seasonal employees.
Chadwick has discussed the concept with Mike Kosdrosky, director of the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority, Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron and Pitkin County Commissioner Patti Clapper. Their response was positive and they also wished to see it operational. Although, these hempcrete tiny homes are meant to house workforces of resorts, but they can also be used as an affordable housing solution in pricey cities suffering from rigorous housing crisis.