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Hempola Valley Farms


Name:  Hempola Valley Farms



Web site:

Farm tours of our hemp operation (including the straw home) are available year-round and may be pre-booked via our web site ( or by calling 1-800-240-9215 ext. 23.

Type of building (home, cottage, studio, cabin): home, office and R&D facility

Construction method (load-bearing, post and beam, hybrid):  post and beam

Square footage:  3,000 heated, 4,500 heated & unheated, 7,000 including below grade

Stories: 3 (4 including below grade)

Stage of completion: 98 percent complete; finishing details and landscaping still to do

Date of occupancy: September 12, 2003

Other unique systems/features of the building:  octagon shape, "double envelope" porch design, passive solar component, hemp straw bales, oil heating to be converted to hemp bio-fuel in 2004, hemp wood finish on many components, Enviroshake roof shingles (made from recycled tires, plastics and hemp and flax fibre)

Builder (owner, contractor, both): owner

Designer: Steve Nunn


Engineered components:

Volunteer participation: bale raising, May 2003

Length of time to build: 2 years

Foundation method and material(s): Arxx block, poured concrete

Roofing method and material(s): Enviroshake

Bale wall style:

Notes on bale walls (ie, pinned or not, mesh, framing material/style):

Plastering methods/materials: traditional recipe concrete parge... 3 coats

Other insulation materials: Roxul in roof

Window style/materials: vinyl clad double hung

Heat source(s): passive solar and oil

Cooling source(s):

Electrical source/system: standard 200 amp

Water collection/distribution system: drilled well

Sewage collection/disposal system: traditional septic


Cost for per square foot: $115

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