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Hemp House Takes Green Design To A New Level (VIDEO)

First Posted: 08/30/10 09:13 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:30 PM ET

"We heard that we could have a really great neighborhood party if it ever caught on fire," Karen Korp jokes with CNN in this video about her and husband Russ Martin's new home made from hemp in Asheville, North Carolina.

The building material, "hempcrete," is a combination of hemp, lime and water, which the home's designer, Anthony Brenner, says acts like a "built-in air filter," improving air quality and avoiding any toxic or chemical building materials. The material is also inexpensive and more efficient than standard building options. "The insulating factor and thermal capabilities are fantastic," Brenner tells CNN.

The 3,400-square-foot home has other green features implemented, as well, like walls and doors made from recycled paper. Martin says the home only cost them $133 per square foot to build, but the true reward will come from the long-term savings on energy bills.

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