Industrial hemp has been growing in over 30 industrialized nations for the past several decades. This agricultural crop is primarily grown for food and fiber but is reported to have been used as an ingredient in thousands of products. In the U.S. the industrial hemp industry is re-emerging after an 80-year break and is already generating interest from many industries including green building products, textiles, food, body care, and nutritional supplements.
Industrial hemp is a sustainable and non-toxic option for wall and ceiling insulation.
We have been involved in the industrial hemp industry since early 2014. In November of that year, APA principal Zev Paiss founded the Rocky Mountain Hemp Association. Within six months, our firm was serving as a national resource for hemp farmers, processors, businesses, elected officials and policymakers across the U.S. In 2015 Zev created the National Hemp Association (NHA) and served as the NHA Executive Director through September 2016. Currently, Zev is now focused on helping hemp businesses to build their hemp supply chain.
We are focusing on introducing industrial hemp as a green building product in the U.S. It can be used as a non-woven insulation for walls and blown-in insulation for walls, floors, and attics. It can be used as an ingredient in composite building products such as OSB, fiberboard, and particleboard.