By Hemp Today

Two South African companies say they will put the finishing touches on a seven-story building expansion constructed with hemp blocks later this year.

Hemporium and Afrimat Hemp, both of Cape Town, partnered to raise an existing conventional five-story building, 84 Harrington Street, to 12 stories by adding levels constructed with blocks from Afrimat Hemp.

The building will house a flagship retail outlet for Hemporium’s range of hemp-derived clothing, skin care and CBD products, a steak restaurant and 50 hotel rooms, said Hemporium founding partner and CEO Duncan Parker.

Setting a benchmark

The privately financed project will serve as a showcase for industrial hemp in South Africa, “setting the benchmark on how to build a safe, carbon-neutral, multi-story building using hemp blocks and hemp systems,” Parker said.

Hemp blocks used to build walls 11 inches thick.

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Originally published July 21, 2022 on Hemp Building Mag