Terry Radford, vice president of business development and sales at JustBioFiber Structural Solutions, stands for a photograph beside the company’s hemp bricks in Airdrie, Canada, on Aug. 1. The hemp fields sprouting in a part of Canada best known for its giant oil patch show how climate change is disrupting the construction industry. Six years after setting up shop in the shadow of Calgary’s tar sands, Mac Radford, 64, says he can’t satisfy all the orders from builders for Earth-friendly materials that help them limit their carbon footprints. His company, JustBioFiber Structural Solutions, is on the vanguard of businesses using hemp — the boring cousin of marijuana devoid of psychoactive content — to mitigate the greenhouse gases behind global warming. Around the world, builders are putting modern twists into ancient construction methods that employ the hearty hemp weed. Roman engineers used the plant’s sinewy fibers in the mortar they mixed to hold up bridges. More recently, former White House adviser Steve Bannon weighed in on using so-called hempcrete to build walls. Early results indicate it’s possible to tap demand for cleaner alternatives to cement. “We have way more demand than we can supply,” said Radford from his plant in […]

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